reviewed by Paula Citron
Miss Julie: Freedom Summer
Canadian Stage Company
Written and directed by Stephen Sachs
Starring Caroline Cave, Kevin Hanchard, Raven Dauda
At the Bluma Appel Theatre until Mar. 7
A theatrical trend lately is adapting Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie to modern times. The original presented a class difference, so any conflict situation usually works.
Stephen Sachs has set his Miss Julie: Freedom Summer in the 1960s civil rights movement in the American south. In his case, the original Miss Julie, the master’s daughter, and Jean the valet, become a white southern belle and her father’s black chauffeur. What is done with Christine the cook who is Jean’s fiancée is always interesting. Sachs still has her as the cook, but she has joined the movement which distances from her from John.
Caroline Cave’s drawl manages to obscure her words, but she gives a magnificent performance as the disturbed Julie. Raven Dauda’s taut, bossy Christine also has accent problems, so it falls to Kevin Hanchard to give the cleanest reading as a confused John with his visions of glory.
Miss Julie: Freedom Summer continues at the Bluma Appel Theatre until Mar. 7.