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WBUR ARTery: Same Fears, Different Century: Stage Adaptation Of Orwell's ‘1984’ Still Ominously Relevant (February 18, 2016)
The British production was a sold-out, smash hit in London. Now it’s touring the U.S., which gives us an excuse to explore how and why Orwell’s tale — which was published in 1949 — still feels ominously relevant and totally creepy in 2016.
In the immensely popular adaptation of the book the playwright created with director Robert Icke, the goal was to represent onstage, in three dimensions, the intensely subjective nature of Orwell’s writing.
Here the world is a frozen lake in Minnesota towards the end of winter. Two friends, Erik (Jim Lichtscheidl) and Ron (Mark Rylance), have come together supposedly for an ice fishing expedition on the last day of the season.
Welcome to the lewd and crude “Ubu Sings Ubu,” which mashes up Jarry’s scatological satire of power, corruption, and bourgeois complacency with the seminal art-punk songs of Cleveland experimental garage rockers Pere Ubu.
If the homespun humor and quirky philosophizing that comes to you live from Lake Woebegone via A Prairie Home Companion warms you up on a cold winter's night, then NICE FISH is your cup of cocoa.
Set on a lake at the end of ice-fishing season, Nice Fish is a reflection of its location and two friends who seek answers to life's philosophical questions as they pass time waiting to catch something big.
The great actors challenge themselves, and Mark Rylance, the winner of multiple Tony and Olivier Awards and currently up for an Oscar for his supporting role in “Bridge of Spies,” has decided that the right challenge at this time of his life is musing about the meaning of life on the last day of the ice fishing season on a frozen Minnesota lake.
Playwright and actor Mark Rylance has turned the work of Minnesota-based poet Louis Jenkins into a 95-minute presentation at the A.R.T. in Nice Fish.