My fa­vorite year: 1984

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In Jan­uary, Ge­orge Or­well’s dystopian novel 1984 be­came a best­seller, with 75,000 new copies of the 1949 clas­sic or­dered for print by its pub­lisher, Pen­guin Group, to ful­fill sud­den de­mand. If you have not been able to get your hands on a copy, you’re in luck, be­cause the Santa Fe Play­house (142 E. DeVar­gas St., 505-988-4262) presents a stage ver­sion of the story, adapted in 1963 by Robert Owens, Wil­ton E. Hall Jr., and Wil­liam A. Miles Jr., from Fri­day, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. In the novel’s imag­ined to­tal­i­tar­ian regime, ob­jec­tive truth has ceased to ex­ist, lan­guage has been re­duced to a fi­nite num­ber of words, and his­tory is be­ing rewrit­ten to sup­port the goals of those in power — but there are stir­rings of re­sis­tance from within the ranks. Ad­di­tional per­for­mances of 1984 are 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­days through Satur­days, 2 p.m. on Sun­days, through April 16. Tick­ets are $25, with dis­counts avail­able (Satur­day, April 1, open­ing-night event 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. cur­tain, $30); visit www.santafe­play­house.org. — J.L.

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