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.

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