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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie/Signal Ensemble Theatre | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED A mind may be a terrible thing to waste, but it's also a terribly entertaining thrill to watch being corrupted. "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," Jay Presson Allen's dramatization of Muriel Spark's novel from the 1960s about a controversial schoolteacher in 1930s Edinburgh and the dangerous impact she has on a handful of young girls, is sometimes a clunky affair with an outdated framing device in which the play is "remembered" and tediously analyzed by a character being interviewed. Its ideas on Calvinism, Catholicism, Fascism and countless other -isms certainly had more resonance and bite decades ago, and its examination of Scottish class and sexual mores would mean little to a modern-day American audience. But it also remains a rare tour de force opportunity for a mature actress, contains several passages of dynamic and intelligent writing (much of it lifted directly from Spark's novel) and on a very basic level celebrates that teacher in everyone's life who for better