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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
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
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
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
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
PHONE: Call 240-1000, ext. 5618.