Olivia Wilde Says She's "Honored" Jennifer Lawrence Vomited During Broadway's '1984'
"As long as I have a play, Jennifer Lawrence has a place to puke."
Jennifer Lawrence threw up while watching the Broadway play 1984 — and its star Olivia Wilde says she's "honored."
The visually unsettling adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel — set in a future when critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian regime, ostensibly overseen by a party leader known as Big Brother — includes extreme torture scenes, as well as special effects such as strobe lights, sudden blackouts and jackhammer sounds. It has caused multiple audience members to become sick since its opening last month. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Lawrence attended Monday night's performance but left her seat and vomited in the lobby — though her friend told Page Six that she had been recently battling a stomach bug.
Regardless, Wilde saw the incident as a good sign. "As long as I have a play, Jennifer Lawrence has a place to puke," she tweeted, complete with hashtags "#honored #getwellsoon #iloveyou #1984onBarfway #spewbagsnotincluded"
Throughout the London transfer's run, numerous attendees have fainted, thrown up and screamed at the actors from their seats during performances, and some even got arrested after a heated post-show argument. THR called the provocative staging "political torture porn," and the show added an age restriction just before opening.
"I'm not surprised since this experience is unique, bold and immersive," Wilde told The Hollywood Reporter of such reactions on opening night, during which one attendee passed out. "It allows you to empathize in a visceral way, and that means making the audience physically and emotionally uncomfortable."
Added co-director Robert Icke: "You can stay and watch, or you can leave — that's a perfectly fine reaction to watching someone be tortured. But if this show is the most upsetting part of anyone's day, they're not reading the news headlines. Things are much worse than a piece of theater getting under your skin a little bit."
1984, also starring Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney, runs through Oct. 8.