The Reviews Are In: 1984
If you’ve been paying attention the past few months, you know that George Orwell’s 1984 is now on Broadway.
Starring Tom Sturridge as Winston, Olivia Wilde as his love interest Julia, and Reed Birney as O’Brien, the production opened on June 22 to some of the most interesting and compelling reviews we’ve read in a while.
Here are a few of our faves:
“[This] exciting, unpredictable dystopian play…[has] visceral and unpredictable staging [which] is more exciting and effective than this summer’s other politically-oriented productions.” – AM NY
“When was the last time you felt scared at the theater? Not disturbed or perturbed or provoked, but scared? The harrowing climactic torture scene of 1984, adapted from George Orwell’s novel by directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, is intense in a way I’ve never seen on Broadway: It’s gut-churning. Children under 13 have been barred from the production; even adults may shake in their seats, or at least avert their eyes.” – Time Out New York
“Throughout…previews, attendees have fainted, thrown up and screamed at the actors from their seats. After one performance, some audience members were so on edge that they immediately got into a heightened argument. Cops were called; charges were pressed.
‘I’m not surprised, since this experience is unique, bold and immersive,’ Olivia Wilde, who broke her tailbone and dislocated her rib during previews, told The Hollywood Reporter after Thursday’s opening-night performance (during which one attendee passed out). “It allows you to empathize in a visceral way, and that means making the audience physically and emotionally uncomfortable.’” – The Hollywood Reporter
This intense, impressive, and incredibly timely production is causing an undeniable stir and can’t be missed.