by George Orwell, adapted by Anthony MacMahon (Soulpepper Theatre). How long will the animal utopia last when a charismatic new leader emerges? An innovative new adaptation of Orwells classic satire about tyranny and equality. Previews from Mar 9, opens Mar 15 and runs to Apr 7, see website for times. $32-$96.
This sharp adaptation is more relevant than ever in light of Donald Trumps ascension. Orwells story is an allegory of the Russian Revolution: well-meaning pig Snowball represents Trotskys idealism, while pig Napoleon is an opportunistic tyrant modelled after Stalin. Soulpepper adds 21st-century polish and references, evoking Trumpism in Napoleons self-serving policy decisions. Beyond leavening themes that make it an enduring work, the story is supported by a cast perfectly mimicking the hens, horses and pigs they represent. A few timely jokes fall flat and the ending is rushed, but its a must-see for its cautionary tale.
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Location - Young Centre for the Performing Arts