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Broadway’s 1984 Is an Electrifying Fable With a Message for the Resistance

A big, brutal stage production of the George Orwell classic joins The Handmaid’s Tale in turning our anxieties into entertainment.
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Photographer: Julieta Cervantes

In the ongoing culture war between artists and our ex-­reality-TV-star president, it’s surprising that theater, that famously fragile and fusty art form, has been the tip of the spear.

Less than two weeks after Donald Trump was elected, a cast member of the musical Hamilton delivered a message of concern from the stage to Mike Pence. Never one to ignore a slight, Trump tweeted that the theater must be “a safe and special place.”