Book Review: “The Stranger from the Sea”

At a time when European playwrights extolled the virtues of propriety and traditional family life, Henrik Ibsen sought to penetrate them. “If we look beneath the façade,” he asked in such plays as An Enemy of the People and A Doll’s House, “would 19th-century Europe like what it finds?” Paul Binding’s reimaging of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea is a worthwhile choice. The narrator of The Stranger from the Sea inhabits a(…)