a sadly timely satire
theatre | Animal Farm March 9 to April 7, Young Centre for the Performing Arts
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.