Theater: Sheep That Don't Say Baa

Chips With Everything, by Arnold Wesker. George Orwell's image of the future was that of a boot unendingly stamping on a human face. Socialist-minded Playwright Wesker's image of the present, in Britain at least, is that of sheep endlessly being sheared and slaughtered by the Establishment without raising a baa of protest. Wesker calls his play "a kick up backside, with love" aimed at the British working class, and one of his characters scornfully berates the unimaginative, undemanding docility of that class: "You breed babies and you eat chips* with everything."

Wesker's chip is on his shoulder, and in heavier hands his...

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