Period Drama After Miss Julie at the James J. Hill House, with Tour
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The last date listed for After Miss Julie was Thursday November 17, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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We were not sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. The "theater" is the actual kitchen of the James J. Hill mansion. Chairs were arranged around three sides and one of the actors was already busy in the kitchen when everyone arrived. It was a very intimate setting, given that the actors had to brush past us as they came and went from the kitchen. The acting was well done. The play itself was sometimes amusing and often intense. You couldn't help but feel like you were a voyeur watching their lives unravel before your eyes. At times the audience had to turn away, squirming and a bit uncomfortable to be witness to the events, especially being so close, really within the actor's space. "Theater in the round" taken to a new level.
As a bonus, we were offered an abbreviated tour of the mansion, which in itself is a worthwhile event. I had toured before, but got to see things I had not seen during the day, such as the lights of the city below and the lit gas light sconce.
A fun night out!
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The acting was wonderful and the setting could not have been better. What a wonderful opportunity to see a play set in a Manor House kitchen performed in the JJ Hill House kitchen. Be warned....the story is a tragedy. I enjoyed it very much and...continued
Written by Patrick Marber (author of Closer), After Miss Julie is set entirely in the servants’ kitchen, and Gremlin Theatre presents this sexy, taut and terrifying work in the intimate, period setting of the kitchen of the James J. Hill House in St. Paul.
After Miss Julie transposes August Strindberg’s 1888 play about sex and class to an English country house on the eve of Labour’s historic 1945 victory over Churchill and the Conservatives. While celebrations break out among the lower classes in every street and pub, Miss Julie descends into the servants’ kitchen of her father’s country mansion in search of the chauffeur, John. Over one long midsummer’s night, Miss Julie’s world is turned head over heels.
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