Of course, the romance between Smith and Julia is as star-crossed as they get. From the outset, they know they'll be discovered, which lends a poignancy to the relationship, amplifying the tension that O'Brien maintains so well throughout.

In this well-performed and briskly directed staging, 1984 is better than the Reader's Digest Condensed Books version of the complex novel that we might expect. Major plot points and emotional undercurrents are thoroughly conveyed. Unless you think that Obamacare will lead to a black helicopter landing on your roof, it's fine that the story's applicability to current society is limited to psychological practices of mind control (advertising, politics, etc.). That's quite enough to worry about in any year, thank you.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , George Orwell, Tony Estrella, Jed Hancock-Brainerd,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY BILL RODRIGUEZ
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   TWOTENOYSTER BAR & GRILL  |  July 23, 2014
    One of the appealing features of living in a place called the Ocean State is that there are plenty of water-view restaurants.
  •   BEE'S THAI CUISINE  |  July 16, 2014
    On the radar of Providence foodies, the ding of Bee’s Thai Cuisine has grown increasingly louder and brighter.
  •   THE FINAL COUNTDOWN  |  July 16, 2014
    Strap in for a fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery.
  •   A SO-SO SATIRE  |  July 02, 2014
    There’s this poor country whose medium of exchange is goats (actually, promises of parts of a goat — promissory goats).
  •   PROFOUNDLY SILLY  |  June 25, 2014
    It’s been more than a half-century since Eugène Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano , was written in a burst of splenetic post-WWII exasperation over the ludicrous behavior of his species.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ