Review

Mary Mallory, Enjoy!

GLENDALE -- Life revolves around finding one's place in society,

struggling to overcome sexual, political and class distinctions. Nowhere

are these issues of power and control more evident than in male/female

relationships.

Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department's entertaining

"Miss Julie" underscores these dilemmas in a thought-provoking,

challenging production revolving around a sexual liaison between members

of different social classes.

Written by August Strindberg over a century ago, "Miss Julie"

discusses universal themes like upward mobility and class warfare,

women's equality and power and equality in sexual relationships.

Jean (R.B. Dilanchian), the count's manservant, and Julie (Mary

Sullivan), the count's daughter, tempt one another on a languid

midsummer's eve. Nothing is as it seems: Power and control move back and

forth between the two as they consummate their attraction.

Fine acting by the three principals enhances the play's themes.

Sullivan shines as Miss Julie. Originally a proud, sensual coquette,

Julie becomes vulnerable and emotional when brought low. Sullivan's

sensitive face and tender gestures reflect her pain and confusion.

Playing the servant Kristin, Jordan Blaquera radiates excitement and

inquisitiveness in her vivid face. Her thoughtful and warm responses show

a lively, caring woman enthusiastic about life.

Dilanchian portrays Jean as confident and cocky when in his own

environment. Resentful of the upper classes and his treatment at their

hands, he shows his true nature in the cold way he uses the women.

Director Matt Foyer has admirably created a production that examines

our society through the prism of century-old mores and still finds us

wanting. Under his capable hands, set designer Christopher Krambo and

costume designer Royce Herron have captured a world undergoing upheaval

and transition.

Krambo creates a simple Manor House kitchen where upper crust and

servants occupy the same space, thereby slowly merging their worlds.

Herron's female costumes also reflect the breakdown of society.

Kristin the servant wears skirts of velvet and lace while Miss Julie

wears form-fitting dresses, including a low-cut, provocative evening

gown. Each hopes to acquire the other class' virtues and benefits.

Opening week jitters affected the cast. Dilanchian stumbled over a few

of his lines near the beginning before settling down into a comfortable

rhythm.

A few cues seemed off, but it was otherwise a strong production.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department's production

of "Miss Julie," written by August Strindberg, translated by Truda

Stockenstrom and directed by Matt Foyer.

WHERE: Studio Theatre on the Glendale Community College campus, 1500

N. Verdugo Road., Glendale.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through

March 18.

TICKETS: $7 adults; $5 students and seniors; and $3 for 12 and under.

The play has adult subject matter and is not recommended for young

children.

PHONE: Call 240-1000, ext. 5618.

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