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Mies Julie

From 96 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the show

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."

1h 15m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (96)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
79
Avg Score

85
Disturbing, Erotic, Haunting, Intense, Great acting

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.

79
Ambitious, Powerful, Intense, Slow

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.

Also Although essentially true to Strindberg's plot, this is very much a Ya... Read more Read less

77
Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

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**

Also *daughter's relationship to black farmhand... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

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 .

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Misguided, Interesting

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.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Riveting

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)

71
Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if A new take on a classic interests you

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the original play. It might be confusing and annoying.

74
Slow

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

100
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Must see, Absorbing

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

90
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Intense

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...

During previews
75
Engrossing, Dark, Intense, Heavy symbolism, Graphic sex

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.

During previews
70
Solid acting, Interesting story, Unintelligible accents, Intense

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.

Also Afrikaans laden South African English accents were 50% unintelligible ... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Disappointing, Slow, Well acted, Confusing

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.

During previews
62
Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Strindbergs writing. A classic but dated for what the times are their now. Some good acting.

Don't see it if Accents to heavy needs to be worked on before opening. Directing is so so.

During previews
93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

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.

During previews
86
Powerful, Effectively staged, Beautifully played, Intimate

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.

Also Yaël Farber’s adaptation of Strindberg’s modern classic keeps the arc ... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Absorbing, Suspenseful

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

During previews
78
Adapts strindberg's classic "miss julie" to post apartheid south africa; explosive sexual clash of races, at times cluttered w obvious theatrical devices

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

Also Warning: the rural Africaan accents, combined w the fact that actors, ... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
72
Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Raunchy, Gritty

See it if you prefer a quick drama (75 minutes) that doesn't play it safe. (Yes, I saw a real vagina on stage.)

Don't see it if you have trouble with thick accents or just need something light and fun.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great acting, Classic strindberg play reset in south africa, Very explicit sex scenes, Intense

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.

Also I read a synopsis of the original play, Miss Julie, before I attended ... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Intense, Absorbing, Love/hate, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Strong lead actors,about slavery, control, strong language. Love/Hate which is doom.

Don't see it if Accent hard to understand at times, violences, sex scene.

During previews
53
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

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.

Also The acting was good but I missed about a third of the dialogue due to ... Read more Read less


February 10th, 2019
"The toxic love that develops between Julie (Elise Kibler) and the black servant John is strangled almost from its inception by societal sins past. That perspective is heightened by the performance of Kibler, who looks defenselessly young and unformed...Julie’s passivity shifts the emphasis from ...
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February 11th, 2019
"South African playwright Yaël Farber cleverly uses the template of Strindberg’s 1888 play 'Miss Julie' to explore clashes of class, gender, race and ownership in her homeland...Ali's raw, in-the-round staging...is meant to jar. It leaves nothing to the imagination...Kibler isn't as strong as her...
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February 11th, 2019
"Kibler and Udom’s piercing performances make 'Mies Julie' resonate, but director Shariffa Ali never quite drives the heady electricity and malicious, unresolvable hurt of the story home...The strength of this 'Mies Julie' lies in Kibler and Udom’s chemistry and in their ability to keep finding t...
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February 14th, 2019
"Directed by Shariffa Ali with stingingly harsh vigor and acted with like impact...While Ms. Ali’s staging is strong enough to give pleasure in its own right, I’m not sure why Classic Stage has opted to produce a modern commentary on a 19th-century classic that so few of its viewers will know sav...
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