Miss Julie

Another subtitled play – this one is “Freedom Summer” to refer to the change of the setting from Sweden to Mississippi in 1968 at the height of the Civil Rights movement.
Caroline Cave is excellent as Miss Julie, but Miss Julie is another drunken southern woman, dealing with her own repression by taking advantage of the black chaufffeur. She wants freedom and so does he. Neither can get it from the other.
Having not seen the original, it is hard to assess how the new version stacks up. Was class as shocking as race? and could this version have been done in 1968? It is not very shocking in 2009 Toronto, but would it have been?
Without the shock value, it is almost just another southern gothic.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Miss Julie

  1. Keith says:

    I thought the actors were good but otherwise it was just another play from the US south. I wish they’d get over it, for God’s sake!

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