A currently popular riff on the MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) meme is “Make 1984 a fiction again.” Yet, while referencing George Orwell’s story as “a dystopian future” is common, such a notion short-changes the actual insights into everyday life in Britain that Orwell saw at the time he was writing. In other words, 1984 is a thinly veiled fiction that details behaviors, technology, and psychological operations (PSYOPS) present at the time Orwell wrote it.
Thirty-five years after the date that he chose for the title of what is now his most famous novel, and 70 years after it was published, the relevancy of Orwell’s analysis compounds with every passing day, as we see in the regional premiere of this 2013 adaptation, written by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, now running at Benchmark Theatre.
Full review at Colorado Drama.
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