I’m wondering if there is male nudity in this South African version of MISS JULIE….

Hilda Cronje (Julie), Bongile Mantsai (John)

From NYTimes by Ben Brantley:

“Be warned: There is more erotic heat generated by the play’s two central characters, fiercely inhabited by Hilda Cronje and Bongile Mantsai, than in any production in town. But this is a fire that chills as it destroys. You may well leave the show in a sweat, but it is likely to be a cold one.

The sex act that finally occurs, like a sudden explosion, between John and Julie is both a consummation and a violation. And just who is violating whom? Ms. Farber has taken special care to keep fluid the shifting choreography of dominance and submission.”

Presented by the Baxter Theater Center at the University of Cape Town, Lara Foot, producer; in association with South African State Theater; at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 29 Jay Street, at Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, (718) 254-8779, stannswarehouse.org. Through Dec. 2. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

WITH: Hilda Cronje (Julie), Bongile Mantsai (John), Thoko Ntshinga (Christine) and Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa (Ancestor/Singer/Musician).

1 Comment

  1. Is there any male nudity in MIES JULIE? Not really. Bongile Mantsai (the actor who plays the servant John) spends some time shirtless, and there are a couple of scenes of not thoroughly convincing simulated sex in which he pulls his overalls down far enough that you can see the top half of his butt. So the show would have a nudity rating of 2.

    (Note for those who care: Hilde Cronje, who plays Julie the young mistress, spends a iong scene topless.)

    But the show is terrific theater. (Terrifying, too, and not for the squeamish.) I had presumed that the whole master-servant dynamic in Strindberg’s original was dated by now. But transpose it to 2012 rural South Africa and it is very credible. Very.

    As long as you have the stomach for some intense emotional battles and one scene of gruesome stagecraft, I recommend MIES JULIE very highly.

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