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This production is a stunning example of the ability of live theater to immerse an audience in the story, to make them feel what the characters feel, and to leave them thinking about what it all means.
The American Repertory Theater is hosting a British production of George Orwell’s “1984” that should shake the cobwebs from your head about a book that many of us last read in high school and barely remember.
The show now onstage at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge adapted and directed by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan is visually shocking and hauntingly acted, a nightmare of twisted reality, torture, and paranoia made flesh.
Boston.com: ‘Big Brother is watching’ - 1984 is in Cambridge at the American Repertory Theater (February 19, 2016)
The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge is giving audiences a chance to revisit the dystopian novel (originally published in 1949) with a fresh look.
The British theatrical adaptation “1984” reminds us that, in 2016, the novel is far from dated. And it comes to disturbing new life in the touring production that American Repertory Theater is hosting at the Loeb Drama Center.
This “1984” presents a bracing and invigorating night at the theater — like cold water splashing on a telescreen… or an iPhone.
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.