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.
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'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'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 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 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 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 have to read the play for a class and are too lazy to actually read it.
Don't see it if You like women? Miss Julie is a pretty old school sexist show and they didn't try to do too much to change that.
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.