Animal Farm | Steppenwolf Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 9 2014
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George Orwell's biting 1945 barnyard allegory of totalitarianism is propelled by a sharp sense of moral outrage. Despite roping in the novel's author as a character to deliver a prologue and epilogue, this respectful, by-the-numbers adaptation by Althos Low lacks that essential Orwellian quality. Sporting animal heads and olive-green fatigues, the cast members make an admirable effort to capture the body language of the various winged and four-legged farm animals they play. But due to the somber tone and plodding pacing of Hallie Gordon's production for Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the overall effect is stilted and remote. Only Blake Montgomery, as a Stalinesque pig, reaches the appropriately grotesque level of hypocrisy and inhumanity that Orwell decried with such passion and precision. —Zac Thompson



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