Orwell In America
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Orwell In America

Orwell In America NYC Reviews and Tickets

(50 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (50)

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543 Reviews | 133 Followers
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.

435 Reviews | 126 Followers
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.

384 Reviews | 81 Followers
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

210 Reviews | 35 Followers
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

173 Reviews | 39 Followers
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.

154 Reviews | 32 Followers
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. Read more

148 Reviews | 37 Followers
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.

126 Reviews | 24 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
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 interesting play...Joe Sutton’s script is light on drama, outside of moments manufactured to spark tension...Still, Mr. Horton is dynamic...While there’s scant spectacle, Mr. Horton remains transfixing."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 13th, 2016

"Award-winning playwright Joe Sutton not only captures the man of ideas but also places them in a setting where they, and he, are accessible even to those who know nothing at all of Orwell...They explore his work, socialism, the Spanish Civil War, Britain’s class system, and sexual politics – which I know sounds about as exciting as listening to a chess match on the radio, but Sutton and Horton have managed to make these discussions that we might have in our daily lives."
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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 company of the renowned writer who is tenacious, yet subtly charming...See 'Orwell in America' now while it is on the New York City stage. This theatrical jewel entertains and captivates its audience."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 real drama out this imaginary episode that accurately evokes the conflicts that roiled Orwell's life in its final chapter. And in Horton, he has an actor magnificently equipped to bring Orwell to life. "
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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 and Horton have great chemistry together which is an integral part of the production’s success…Director Peter Hackett’s work with the actors achieves the desired sensitivity and passion."
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Theatre is Easy
October 13th, 2016

"Sutton’s writing as well as Horton’s portrayal certainly bring to life a vivid character...Soundbites of audience members' questions during Blair's talk become slightly off-putting because of the technical capacity of the space. However, it is apparent how they push the story forward. The actors command the stage with captivating grace, especially Horton, who creates a spot-on, complex George Orwell who is no longer merely a name on a dust jacket, but a multidimensional human."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 13th, 2016

"Jamie Horton gives a delightful, virtuosic performance, engaging us with his humor and wit, while touching us with his neediness...Deftly directed by Peter Hackett, 'Orwell in America' is more than a fascinating study of a leading literary figure. It’s also a touching romance (Orwell is in his late 40s, Carlotta is in her early 20s). Moreover, it’s about historical context...Thanks to playwright Sutton’s passion and Jamie Horton’s performance, Orwell certainly has left an impression on us."
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Stage Buddy
October 18th, 2016

"I suspect that even fans of Orwell and those who are particularly well informed about this period in history will find a new level of understanding about this era...Director Peter Hackett makes some wonderful choices, both in utilization of the stage space and in the way his actors express themselves through body language and physicality. A well-rounded production that oozes charm and celebrates humor, 'Orwell in America' is an absolute treat and not to be missed."
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