As all the great dramatists since the Greek tragedians have known, class and gender roles continue to remain the two fundamental determinants of the social fabric of any culture--even one, like our own, in which the boundaries of those identities have become fluid, situational, and transitory. David French's adaptation of August Strindberg's disturbing and enduring drama of the transgressive affair between the daughter of a count and the count's man-servant has an eerie feel of the contemporary about it. His re-visioning of Miss Julie foregrounds the ruptures of identity and faith that ambition and desire eternally work in their rending of social norms, strictures, and conventions.
"[David French's adaptation of] Miss Julie seems more like a. . .Sam Shepard play than something from the late 19th century." --Halifax Chronicle Herald