Classic Stage presents this fierce adaptation of Strindberg’s "Miss Julie," which resets the classic play to a farmhouse in the Karoo of South Africa on the evening of the annual Freedom Day celebration. More…
When the white Afrikaans landowner’s daughter, Julie, falls for her father’s charismatic Xhosa farm laborer, John, their erotic evening together erupts into a brutal battle fueled by gender, race, power, and ancestral domain.
"Mies Julie" will be performed in repertory with Strindberg's "The Dance of Death."
See it if Muscular resentful black servant seduced by bored white farm daughter. Violent sexuality, class conflict, & ancestors who haunt the land.
Don't see it if You don't want to be confronted by intensely sexual and violent scenes, and a hopeless no-win situation. Difficult accents.
See it if to see Strindberg's 19th C Swedish play on class & power reset in 21st C South Africa, where colonialism & race clash to an erotic crescendo
Don't see it if you're a Strindberg purist; you're embarrassed by frank & sometimes violent sexual situations; you're uncomfortable w/theatre-in-the-round.
See it if Farber's racial overlay on Strindberg's drama of class constraints makes for a combustible evening Ali's circular staging adds a caged heat
Don't see it if Kibler's Julie is a little to Lolita-esque for this impassioned production (she's got the privilege right) Udom & Chevannes are excellent
See it if Strindberg's play reset to 21st century post-apartheid South Africa with the lasting effects of the previous injustices. Landowner's*
Don't see it if don't want graphic sexual & violent scenes; accents that are very hard to understand**
See it if you appreciate good acting & don't mind a version that changes the time & place significantly, with accents that are often incomprehensible.
Don't see it if you will be embarrassed by extremely explicit onstage sex .
See it if you want see an interesting adaptation of the original in a production that lacks the tension and psychological intensity of the original.
Don't see it if you expect new insights into power, dominance, and sexual attraction. The problem seems to be more the production than the play.
See it if For serious, moving, disturbing emotionally challenging but creative well acted theater. Taking chances with the old to get to the new.
Don't see it if If your squeamish about real life on stage (sex and death are to be seen)
See it if Neither Strindberg nor Fugard. Useful to know some South African history. Polemics.Patrice Johnson Chevannes is great. Good not very good.
Don't see it if You don't want to deal with some strong South African accents
See it if You love great acting of a well-written piece
Don't see it if You’re not interested in the catharsis that comes with a great drama
See it if You are open to a play that is intense and explores racial divides in a sexual atmosphere
Don't see it if You are offended by displays of sexual content and interracial tensions
See it if you don’t shy away from difficult subject matter. The staging keeps you involved - you’re more witness than audience.
Don't see it if You shy away from intense sex scenes depicted realistically. Lots of difficult subject matter...
See it if you like edgy, sad works. No one wins, due to colonialism/racism/misogyny. Insightful observatns. Strg acting. Not your high sch Miss Julie.
Don't see it if you dislike onstage sex/violence/histrionics. Annoyed by heavy accents (Kibler struggled) or see-saw emotns. Sightlines vary w in-the-round.
See it if you want to see a moving story with lots of sexual tension and pathos. Good acting. Saw 2nd preview.
Don't see it if you want to understand what the characters are saying in order to enjoy any nuances there might have been in the text.
See it if You like short plays (75min), relationship drama. Cast is good.
Don't see it if Some of the accents are very heavy and hard to understand. Beginning is slow and ending was confusing. Could improve through previews.
See it if you’d like to see how a few simple changes to a modern classic can amplify how it resonates in unexpected ways.
Don't see it if the Strindberg script is sacred to you: This adaptation’s few alterations change its impact radically.
See it if Two leads are super "In the Round" is my kind of show, Moving Sweden to Souh Africa post apartheid) is a super move. Lighting spectacular
Don't see it if Some bold sexual presentations. Accents take time to adjust to. Confused re: reason for no playbills yet stlll so much publicity printing.
See it if you're curious about South African adaptation & its relevance to apartheid history, enjoy raw depictions of violence & manipulation
Don't see it if you only accept the Strindberg original, have trouble with broad accents, dislike depictions of sex & violence on stage
See it if sharp script/acting captures brutal, sex-laden confrontation of white Boer daughter & black menial servant trapped in racially-defined roles
Don't see it if takes 2 long to get going; demonstrating how present haunted by ghost of apartheid past 2 obvious; tragedy 2 obviously foreshadowed
See it if You enjoy modern adaptations of classic plays. You want to see a powerful story w/ themes of race, sexuality & class warfare.
Don't see it if You prefer to see Ibsen's Miss Julie. You don't like intimate staging. You're uncomfortable w/scenes of sexuality. You want a comedy.
See it if I thought that the update was very interesting. Good writing. Well done production. Difficult to understand at times due to heavy accents.
Don't see it if You want to see the original play, are upset by violence, profane language or explicit sex scenes/nudity on stage.
See it if you enjoy an intense drama with sexual violence, nudity and dated dialogue. Interesting adaptation to South Africa of Strindberg's work.
Don't see it if you are disturbed by simulated sex scenes, dialogue about racism and class, and violence by sharp objects. Very strong accents.