The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Mar. 5, 1956

Miss Julie still asserts, after 68 years, Swedish Playwright August Strindberg's unflinching though unbalanced view of life. During those years, the theater has seldom offered bolder naturalism than Strindberg's or more psychopathic intensities, and never, certainly, a more implacable war between the sexes.

The conflict in Miss Julie is as much be tween classes as sexes. At a Midsummer Eve revel, arrogant, dissatisfied Miss Julie, the neurotic child of parents who hated each other, becomes infatuated with her father's valet and tempts him into an affair. Respectful enough beforehand, he turns sneeringly overbearing....