by Andrew Alexander (Plan B Productions)
60 min / Comedy / Sci-fi
2084 is based on 1984, the famous dystopian novel by George Orwell that explores the themes of government surveillance, censorship and propaganda. It’s a well-crafted sci-fi comedy that packs clever jokes, adventure, drama, sex, politics and social commentary all into one fun show.
Cassandra is a sanitary worker at Gamma Complex, the only safe place left in a war-riddled dystopian future, and she starts to feel strange. Friend Computer, the Complex’s all seeing A.I. processor, asks her to check in with the lab and have Betty run some tests. On her way to the lab, she encounters Harvey from distribution, who asks her to bring a package to Betty. The package explodes, and Cassandra becomes entangled in a web of government secrets and lies. It is now up to her to uncover the truth behind the Gamma Complex and help save its residents.
“It’s a well-crafted sci-fi comedy.”
This play was a pleasure to watch. From the well defined characters to the fun props and wonderful inclusion of A/V, it came together well. I saw the very first performance of 2084 and there were a few opening night jitters and glitches, but they were easily forgiven as the dynamic pace of the show kept the audience engaged and eager to find out what happens next. Although the performance was just under an hour, a lot happened on stage and the story was substantial. It offered the audience plenty of character and plot development wrapped in copious amounts of humour. In addition to being funny, the dialogue was clever and I enjoyed the satire on present day fake news, our political landscape and Russian spies.
Looking a little deeper into an otherwise amusing play, we clearly see in 2084 some of the same messages Orwell delivered exactly 70 years ago with his classic novel, which begs us to wonder if dystopia isn’t just reality explained.
2084 by Andrew Alexander is playing at Academic Hall (133 Seraphin-Marion) until Sunday June 23, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.