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1984 Show Review

Do 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. Its On Stage now through May 20
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1984
Show Review




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Do 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?


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The 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!


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This 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.

Location: Shimberg 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



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