Skip to comments.Why Broadway's '1984' Audiences Are Fainting, Vomiting and Getting Arrested
Posted on 06/25/2017 7:16:41 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney star in the bold staging of George Orwells dystopian novel.
The play 1984 is not for the average theatergoer. Adapting George Orwells dystopian novel set in a future when critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian regime, ostensibly overseen by a party leader known as Big Brother the new Broadway staging includes special effects like strobe lights and jackhammer sound effects, in addition to the plots extreme torture scenes.
Throughout the London transfers 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.
Im 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 Thursdays 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...
I’m not going to a play or movie if I need a Valium beforehand.
Life is too short.
A dose of Ipecac Syrup is about .50 cents at the pharmacy, much less than the price of a theatre ticket for a play that makes you barf.
an extreme cognitive dissonance reaction experienced by those supposed well-meaning souls
Maybe some on the left saw themselves being projected on the stage and realized how sick they were ....
Any different than people throwing up, fainting and running out of the theater when FRANKENSTEIN and THE EXORCIST was first shown?
It is that. That's also why they hate Atlas Shrugged so much - Rand's dead-on depiction of the Socialist mentality in her villains is completely intolerable to them.
By the way, Ayn Rand would have loved Donald Trump!
I first became aware of Olivia Wilde when she was in the Tron remake. A truly beautiful woman. If she is a part of education people about propaganda with a “1984” play than I only like her more.
Yeah could be.
Funny, she was born in 1984
Yes, she is quite attractive. But I wouldn’t get too excited as she has definitely come across as a huge libtard. Somehow, I get the feeling that this movie will alter the story to present “Big Brother” as some form of right-wing authoritarian figure. Hopefully, I’m wrong.
1984 is not so much dystopian as it is a real depiction of a DemoSoros future.
Hands down the most prescient and terrifying book I ever read
Orwell knew many “insiders” and their plans.
1984 was a warning, pure and simple.
Brave New World was 1984 on drugs. :-)
Is Ms Wilde still wearing a diaper as a form of political protest? I forget the cause. She and others would not switch back to normal undies until there was some action taken.
I wouldn’t be going if the play were across the street for free. I don’t consider spending two hours feeling lousy to be entertaining or even enlightening.
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