After Miss Julie | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 10 2012
Price: $15-$20
I didn't think August Strindberg's seminal naturalist tragedy, Miss Julie, could benefit from a rewrite, but British playwright Patrick Marber makes a strong case. Marber transplants the debased, psychosexual showdown between highborn Julie and her father's sadomasochistic servant from 1874 Sweden to 1945 England. And it's no longer a midsummer party that entices Julie to slum recklessly with the lower classes but the Labour Party's decisive trouncing of Winston Churchill. It's an ingenious conceit, and Marber's taut plotting amplifies the original play's deadly stakes while downplaying its melodrama and misogyny. Marber even gives the servant's fiancee, Christine, a more satisfying—and unsettling—role in the affair than Strindberg does. In Melissa Albertario's measured staging for Focal Point Theatre Company, a nimble cast deftly navigate each turn of this twisted tale. —Justin Hayford



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