The Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre revives Craig Lucas' adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic 19th-century tale of desperate dreams and dangerous desires. More…
Miss Julie, a privileged woman in 1888 Sweden, has long desired to escape the social restrictions placed on her, preferring the company of
"common people." Yet while actively seeking the freedom she believes only the lower classes have, she lacks the courage to have more than a passing dalliance there. One hot midsummer night, she strikes up a conversation with her husband’s valet–a man whose aspirations include climbing the very pedestal Julie seeks to leave forever. As their talk continues, a long-ago incident linking the two is revealed, and each starts to wonder if the other holds the key to a future they'd always dreamed of but never knew how to obtain.
"The production was straightforward, delivering Strindberg’s story skillfully, but without attempting to twist any of the play’s more outdated themes into a modern perspective, leaving Strindberg's misogyny to go unquestioned. As Miss Julie, Dodge shines at the play’s center...The performances at times relied too heavily on shouting to convey the play’s heavy emotion...Aris’ directorial debut delivers an enjoyable, if straightforward, adaptation of Strindberg’s classic play." Full Review
See it if You are a hopeless romantic with a love for music.The singing catches you in the moment. The comic relief by the Engineer is always on time.
Don't see it if You do not like shows that bring out your emotions and transport you back in time. If you do not like love stories, this is not for you.
See it if you enjoy a twist on a classic that is not done just to be different. I found it gripping, especially within the confines of a small stage.
Don't see it if You're above the Off-off-off scene, and if you want your classics done classically.
See it if You want a modern interpretation of a classic play. You want more nuanced & emotional depth from classic characters.
Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional approach to the classics.
See it if You enjoy classic plays rethought to be more easily accessed by our minds. and if you like intimate settings with small stage and audience
Don't see it if You don't like heavy stories or being close to the actors.
See it if You like classic plays, complex and turbulent relationships, and an INTENSE experience.
Don't see it if You are looking for something light-hearted, funny, or happy. If you are looking for a contemporary play this is not for you.
See it if You want to subject yourself to Strindberg's gloomy and dated railing against society's ills.
Don't see it if You'd be bored by a painfully obvious illustration of the old saying "Hell is paved with good intentions".
See it if you have the patience to strain to understand the words & you want to see an original spin on a classic. Young actors & director trying hard
Don't see it if you don't like adaptations of classics or you're expecting polished performances or high production values.
See it if You like the play, you can put aside how archaic the social norms of the universe are, you like watching sexual/gender politics unfold
Don't see it if you need strong acting from the entire cast, you need high production value, you're bringing audiences that are not mature
See it if you want to see a textually updated (Craig Lucas) version of a classic Strindberg play. Also if you enjoy a good one piece set & cello music
Don't see it if you don't enjoy a lot of shouting. Volume was mostly either super loud or barely audible. Also if you enjoy more subtlety in performances.
See it if you are a Strindberg fan and love intense drama with music. it is very metaphorical in nature and will make you think,
Don't see it if you like linear and clear drama. this is not it. it is very metaphorical...and rather misogenistic.
See it if you are interested in watching young actors develop their craft. 1 out of 3 spoke clearly, but there were some beautiful & true moments.
Don't see it if you are not a patient & supportive audience member. Some audience members laughed at completely inappropriate times. Please don't be rude.
See it if You'd like to see Lucas's take on Strindberg, support live theatre & support young actors as they develop their technique in a small venue.
Don't see it if Hearing dialogue is a concern; even in the 4th row of a tiny studio, actors were rendered invisible by poor vocal projection/presence.
See it if you'll enjoy an amateur production. (This wasn't as good as many college productions.) You want to see an adaptation of a famous play.
Don't see it if you don't want to watch a bad adaptation truncated so much it makes no sense. You think a director should reign in overacting.
See it if you know someone connected with the production and you want to be a supportive friend.
Don't see it if you want to experience Strindberg's classic. The acting in this production is not nearly strong enough to sustain it.
See it if you are really into soap opera-style storytelling (aka you like your theatrical emotions way over the top)
Don't see it if you can't stand excessive yelling, violent language, animal cruelty, unlikeable characters who go back and forth about how they feel...
See it if you enjoy l-o-n-g, LOUD, contentious arguing, shouting actors delivering their lines as if they're in a typhoon.
Don't see it if you have seen classic Strindberg with truly professional actors & competent direction (or you will run for the door like I did)
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