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A hundred and seven years after his death, what does August Strindberg have to tell us? Plenty, when it comes to sex, class, and the way that men and women navigate one another’s pathologies. Classic Stage Company is presenting two of his plays in repertory (in previews and opening Feb. 10). The Swedish dramatist’s most famous work, “Miss Julie,” becomes “Mies Julie” in an adaptation by the South African writer Yaël Farber, directed by Shariffa Ali. The title character is now the white Afrikaans daughter of a landowner in the Karoo, and John, the servant she engages in an evening-long erotic power play, is a Xhosa farm laborer. The play alternates performances with “The Dance of Death,” Strindberg’s funny and acid portrait of a warring married couple about to mark their twenty-fifth anniversary, in a new version written by Conor McPherson and directed by the Broadway actress Victoria Clark.

Michael Schulman