Saturday December 14, 2013 / 8:00pmOrwellian
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This performer is top-notch. He had several different characters, different dialect, and he did them so well, I thought he really was British (is he? I don't know). So I was really intrigued by his talkback after the show. His performance alone is well worth the price of admission. I would have given this 5 stars but the writing still needs editing. The first two scenes were from "Down and Out in Paris and London" and "Animal Form", then the rest of the scenes were from "1984". So, it's a little lopsided. He tried to explain how the stories were threaded together, but I don't think most audience will get what he's after; we are introduced to something, and then we expect an outcome, and either those expectations are met or met in a surprising way. The first two scenes set up an expectation about the first two novels that ultimately doesn't connect with the rest of the show that's entirely dedicated to "1984". As it is, I'm expecting the first two novels to come back later in the show, or I'm expecting "1984" to be done in one short scene like the first two. I hope he will continue working on this piece. My suggestion would be to focus entirely on "1984" since that's clearly his favorite. OR make it about George Orwell himself with bits and pieces from all of his work (and cut down on "1984" in this version). OR just make it episodic and make the first two pieces longer while making 1984 shorter. OR if it's episodic, do more of his novel and short story, but only one monologue per story. But in any case, I had a great time watching this wonderful actor at work.