a sadly timely satire

theatre | An­i­mal Farm March 9 to April 7, Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Ge­orge Or­well wrote his fa­mous 1940s barn­yard fable to sat­i­rize the Soviet Union and its de­scent from a so­cial­ist utopia into a to­tal­i­tar­ian dic­ta­tor­ship. After 70 years—and the col­lapse of the Soviet regime—it hasn’t lost its in­sight or sting, largely be­cause the story, a tale of greedy pop­ulist lead­ers who be­tray their gullible sup­port­ers, could have just as eas­ily been ripped from to­day’s head­lines. Soulpep­per re­vis­its it in a new pro­duc­tion helmed by Ravi Jain, who gave the com­pany a hi­lar­i­ous hit in 2015 with another vin­tage satire, Ac­ci­den­tal Death of an An­ar­chist.

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