Yaël Farber’s ‘Mies Julie’ at Classic Stage Company

Not that loyal Classic Stage Company attendees need convincing, but updates are one way of attracting an audience.  Through March 10,  CSC is running two new adaptations of August Strindberg classics.  One is Yaël Farber's  Mies Julie, a harrowing reinterpretation of the Swedish playwright's most famous work.  The darkness within nineteenth century Expressionism invite exploration, and Faber, along with director Shariffa Ali smash every crevice of the contemporary South African farmhouse kitchen where the fatal encounter between Julie (Elise Kibler) and John (James Udom) takes place. Like Strindberg's 1888 original, the 75-minute play focuses on the class war between the bored rich young

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ at Classic Stage Company

Raúl Esparza . Photo: Joan Marcus

What does cauliflower resemble?  Fossilized flowers?  Dead algae?  Brain tissue?  Perhaps Bertolt Brecht had these and others in mind creating a "Cauliflower War" as the cataclysmic event of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, his deliberately unfunny lampooning of Adolph Hitler.  Brecht's protest play is now at the Classic Stage Company with a mesmerizing Raúl Esparza in the title role in John Doyle's uneven production. Brecht's inspiration for his 1941 play was Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator.  Released one year before Arturo UI's premiere, Chaplin's intentionally funny film sends-up both Hitler and Mussolini.  (Chaplin not only resembled Hitler, they were born days apart.)  Unlike The

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