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Orwell In America

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

About the show

Northern Stage presents Joe Sutton's drama about what might have happened if celebrated 20th-century English author, George Orwell, had actually visited America. More…

In this alternate history play set right after World War II, the author of 'Animal Farm' is chaperoned during an American book tour by a fetching young woman who must dissuade him from telling Americans why he is a proud socialist. 'Orwell in America' makes its New York premiere starring Jamie Horton (former leading actor of the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater Company) in the title role.

Member Reviews (50)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever
Avg Score

Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow, Too long

See it if you want to see great acting by Jamie Horton; you are interested in politics then and now; you don't mind George Orwell remaining a mystery.

Don't see it if wordy plays centering on the politics of Animal Farm are not interesting to you; you want to see a well edited story with the fat cut out.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy plays involving one-on-one dialogue and not much else. Explores the developing relationship between Orwell and his publicist.

Don't see it if Plays with little "action" bore you. You are totally disinterested in Orwell's philosophy or personality. You prefer musicals.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if Are interested in a well written, and acted play about George Orwell which relates to our current political climate .

Don't see it if If you only prefer light and not complex social and political issues

Disappointing, Slow, Too long

See it if you want to see a shallow story. A fictional visit to the U.S. Mostly about Orwell's lecherous interest in his 28 yr old publicist.

Don't see it if you prefer more insightful biographical shows

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if U r an Orwell fan, can appreciate v interesting discourse on Socialism, intelligent relationship between 2 people w/strong wills & history~

Don't see it if This type of literary play bores you, you're looking for an easy show or would find a play with a lot of dialogue & not much action tiring.

Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Orwell's Animal Farm and discussion of Communism versus Socialism interests you. Relevant to present day.

Don't see it if you like faster paced, bigger production.

Also felt the addition of a side-plot of possible romantic tension was supe... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Too long, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of Orwell and want a very talky show about socialism. Two strong characters. Great acting.

Don't see it if Not a fan of Orwell. Want a show with more action.

Relevant, Slow, Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a story about George Orwell's political views in an imagined book tour of usa.

Don't see it if don't have any interest in George Orwell's politics

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like an intelligent play between 2 character, one being George Orwell. If you like strong personalities and learning about Animal Farm.

Don't see it if You want a classic drama or comedy. If you don't want to think or learn or form opinions or care to find out more about Orwells books.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the issue of Communism vs Socialism...and appreciate fine acting

Don't see it if Socio-political issues such as this do not interest you.

Also The lead actor was superb!

Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if Thought-provoking two-person play with an outstanding performance by Jamie Horton as George Orwell explicating his writings and philosophy.

Don't see it if Not an outstanding play but well directed and worthwhile nevertheless

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Orwell. You are interested in challenging your perceptions of socio-economic systems.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that make you think.

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You're interested in how socialism can be a dirty word

Don't see it if There wasn't much to take away and I left a little disappointed

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if enjoy political discussions that are intelligent and unusual. Along with some nice chemistry in the leads.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep drama.

Entertaining, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the complexities of George Orwell politics and how they are still relevant today.

Don't see it if you have no interest in George Orwell.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you're impressed with historic figures and politics.

Don't see it if you're bored by content and prefer disfunctional- family fare.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'd like to know more about great author

Don't see it if you are not interested in politics

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you are interested in George Orwell and appreciate great acting!

Don't see it if ... you are not!

Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of George Orwell. You are interested in politics.

Don't see it if You are unable to distinguish between socialism and communism.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You like fascinating drama and superb acting.

Don't see it if You prefer predictable fluff.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are interested in Orwell, post-WW2 and the political confusion of the world during that time. See it if you want an intelligent play.

Don't see it if you are looking for constant laughter and just a relaxing show with lot's of comedy.

During previews
Disappointing, Unfocused, Slow, Repetitive, Ambitious

See it if you can bear to see a fascinating premise squandered. There are strong, interesting themes, but the script has ADD. Repetitive, unfocused.

Don't see it if you demand a strong script. This one needs work. Acting is good, but the ingenue's role is horribly imagined. This should be a solo show.

During previews
Orwell channeled in fictional bio-play

See it if There is no film of Orwell, but Jamie Horton nails him. An imagined American book tour. Young woman publicist tries to temper his socialism

Don't see it if As if the post-war politics were not enough, the play over-dramatizes Orwell's pursuit of the publicist -- a sort of reverse "Heisenberg"

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Interesting premise

See it if You enjoy intelligent arguments and politics presented by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if You would prefer the arguments were more focused and less repetitive.

During previews
Intelligent but pedantic, Well-acted, Stagy, Mono-thematic

See it if Orwell is someone you feel was unfairly received in the states. This is well-written and well-meaning, but ultimately a bit dull.

Don't see it if Orwell as portrayed is brilliant but unrelatable and that affects the arc. No real tension on stage and the one theme revolves endlessly

October 16th, 2016
"The script of 'Orwell in America' has several shortcomings, all of them excusable once its lead actor, Jamie Horton, starts to speak. As the title character, Mr. Horton delivers perhaps the finest performance I’ve seen Off Broadway this year, and greatly raises the worth of this moderately inter...
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October 18th, 2016
"Sutton has created a keen imagining of what might have occurred if Orwell had actually visited the United States on a book tour...The actors portray their roles with a passion that brings their characters to full life. Jamie Horton is excellent as George Orwell. You may believe you are in the co...
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October 20th, 2016
"It's fascinating that 'Orwell in America' aims to get at the truth of its title character through an entirely fictional set of incidents...Most the time 'Orwell in America' is a sympathetic portrait of a fierce, fearless thinker caught in the political crosscurrents of his time...Sutton makes re...
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October 14th, 2016
"That Jamie Horton is an American actor employing an authentic sounding clipped British accent further substantiates his superb performance as the title role in the very enjoyable biographical fantasia…Ms. de Waal offers a lovely characterization conveying attractiveness and intelligence. De Waal...
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