THEATER REVIEW: ‘Peer’ and Pressure : In his most ambitious project to date, director John Blondell brought Ibsen’s masterpiece ‘Peer Gynt’ vividly to life

In most people’s recollections of “Peer Gynt,” the music Edvard Grieg composed for the 1876 Oslo premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s play comes first and last to mind, and for good reason. But we’ll get to that later. The play, in five acts — all in verse — is not often performed outside Norway, where long and cold winter nights allow for cohabitation with the roughly eight-hour epic. Director John Blondell has had a soft spot in his heart for “Peer” for some years now, and took on the challenge with a Lit Moon Theatre/Westmont College co-production that closed Sunday. more

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