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2024 San Diego Craig Noel Award for


Nothing topped the visceral thrills of watching this edge-of-the-seat thriller…”

UNION TRIBUNE: Top 10 San Diego County theater and opera productions of 2023

“Public Enemy, New Fortune Theatre Company. This is the only production on this list that I saw twice…”

STAGE WEST: The Best in San Diego Theater for 2023


“Baird’s high-wire performance in the 90-minute thriller was the best, and most fearless, performance I saw all year, and the bare-bones physical production…outshone many of the big-budget shows I saw at theaters 10 times the size. 

This theater company has no home theater and no season subscription, and it only produces about one show each year. But I’ve learned that anything New Fortune produces is a must-see that almost always ends up on my “best of the year” list.

UNION TRIBUNE: Year in review: 5 memorable events in San Diego theater in 2023

Review: ‘Public Enemy’ an edge-of-the-seat thriller about one man taking on the world

"...a tour de force performance... raw, furious, often funny and ultimately devastating.

It’s must-watch theater.

“Public Enemy” is thought-provoking, entertaining and definitely worth seeing before it closes on July 2."

- Pam Kragen

Union Tribune Review

"Relentless, edge-of-your-seat...

This thought-provoking piece strikes with a visceral, volatile message that gut-slams into the reality of today’s politics...

Do see this play!" 

- Jenni Prisk

Scene by Jenni Prisk Review

"It's thrilling.

It's a triumphant performance.

New Fortune Theatre Company's PUBLIC ENEMY is remarkable... rich with spirited performances... consistently entertaining... you come out of the show drained from the emotional investment... but at the same time on a high from the energy of the production."

-David Coddon

Stage West Review

"Intensely Relevant."

-Cassiopeia Guthrie

On The Craft Review

"Perfect... Powerful... Painful."

Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti

From Another Zero Review

"Formidable... A riveting descent... 

...The idea [that] truth is dangerous to the “greater good” as defined by those in power has always been a relevant one." 

- ErinMarie Reiter

Broadway World Review: PUBLIC ENEMY at New Fortune Theatre Company

"...One of the best shows I’ve seen all year — and that’s counting the eight Broadway shows I attended...


New Fortune Theatre Company is presenting “Public Enemy,” a thrilling, 90-minute adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” in the small theater at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Point Loma.”


Director and star Richard Baird delivered some of the best acting I’ve seen in 2023 for an audience of maybe 25 people. Baird, and New Fortune, deserve a much bigger audience and more donors."

-Pam Kragen

Union Tribune, Theatre Notebook: ...New Fortune’s ‘Public Enemy’ good reasons to support local theater

New Fortune’s ‘Public Enemy’ offers contemporary take on dark 1882 Ibsen drama - Union Tribune Preview

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