Lincoln Center Festival presents a new version of the classic story - by renowned Russian company Theatre of Nations - of an ill-fated romance between a well-born young woman and a household servant. More…
Set in present-day Russia, and starring two of the country's leading actors, this story of a "modern woman" tells of a decaying aristocrat's privileged daughter who sabotages her own future by dallying with her father's valet. The play is performed in Russian with English supertitles.
"Absoultely blistering...Ostermeier is a genius at rejuvenating old plays. Here he uses every trick he can think of — loud music, video projections, a rotating set — and it works. He also demands extremely physical performances from his cast...It’s tough to watch, but intensely rewarding and supremely topical." Full Review
"Our global age of income inequality certainly cannot be guaranteed to add a jolt of relevance to any classic play, but it definitely serves as an illuminating backdrop to Thomas Ostermeier’s stark and penetrating production of 'Miss Julie...' The intriguing idea that Mr. Ostermeier’s terrific production teases from this classic text is that the self-insulation of the Russian elite contains the seeds of self-destruction." Full Review
"'Miss Julie' is a hard play to love, and the physically imaginative but dramatically chilly adaption doesn't make it any more captivating...Despite hyper-heated action, it's all only intermittently compelling...There are some touching moments, but Julie's relationship with Jean becomes less a matter of clashing wills and needs than an extended S&M session." Full Review
"There’s little sense of threat in this version of Strindberg’s play...There’s a perverse desire to work against the text...Ostermeier’s understandable resistance to Strindberg’s symbolism and fascination with sexual deviance make the tragedy unmotivated and unlikely...Without an atmosphere of dread, the action becomes absurd." Full Review
See it if ...If you appreciate great acting. Acting is outstanding.
Don't see it if ...a very slow, tortured love story is not your thing. Play could be 30 minutes shorter and nothing would be left out.
See it if The acting is excellent and it is well directed but so stupidly changed in venue completely destroying Strindberg's play.
Don't see it if If one likes graphic sexual scenes and a complete change from Strindberg's original script.