1984 Show Review
you happen to remember 1984 by George Orwell? I can only
think back to my first time reading 1984, it was part
of the Florida required reading list in High School. It is one
of my favorite reads. Here is a brief recap; published in 1949
it is a Fantastic Futuristic story about 1984 in a society where
Big Brother runs the show (fictitious of course). I will not
spoil the show in this write up. I will assure you that this
play has been adapted to reflect current times; however the
foundation and story are very much the same.
Immediately, upon entering the staging area, the seats are arranged
in a circular pattern with the stage in the center. Above, there
are cameras with the red blinking lights; it is as if you had
stepped into an investigation room and all eyes are center stage.
Concrete floors and benches mark the stage, likely the only
set props to be used. Since this is a story about BIG BROTHER
and how powerful influence can be, the mind must accept the
challenges … or maybe manipulation?
show has started; now it is time to be fully immersed in the
performance. I have become big brother looking in. There is
a shocking similarity to what is going on in our current American
lifestyle; "CITZENS LISTEN UP", the overhead display
board announces. Everyone scatters to listen to what the reporters
are saying, required watching for all. Citizens are mesmerized
and possibly disheveled with unrealistic numbers and facts to
make society look perfect, it is said so it is the truth. If
you say it enough, it will become a reality, no?
Cameras are recording your every move, free spirit and thought
are not allowed, do not question just believe, your feelings
and words are being replaced or eliminated, facts change as
history is behind us, and not to forget every move and word
is recorded. I keep asking myself; where is the ALEXA on the
set, is there a Press Secretary around, and do they know they
can use Emoji's? Oh wait, this is fictitious! Or is it?
Once again, I do not want to spoil anything for you so I will
not get into any more details. You have go to check this out.
A must for your 2018 Performing Arts schedule. The overall performance
is spectacular, you can feel the electricity. Again, A MUST
SEE this year!
is the LAST WEEKEND (ends May 20) so GO and purchase
tickets, link is below. 1984 had a SOLD OUT
Opening Weekend and it was a full theater when we attended on
May 4th. 1984 is a Jobsite and Straz Center production
and is playing at the Shimberg Playhouse, located at
the Straz Center in Tampa. Tampa Bay Gay is a Sponsor
of Jobsite Theatre.
More on 1984 Visit: https://www.jobsitetheater.org/1984_/
Purchase Tickets Here: https://shop.strazcenter.org/Shop/ProductionDetails.aspx?ProdId=22334
Tickets: Start at $29.50*
* Single tickets start at $29.50. Prices for individual performances
will increase based on demand.
Playhouse, Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602
Remaining Showtimes and Dates:
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4 p.m.
-Dave Borman, Writer