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Mother of the Maid

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Public Theater presents six-time Academy Award nominee and three-time Tony and Emmy winner Glenn Close in a drama about the mother of Joan of Arc.  More…

"Mother of the Maid" tells the story of Joan of Arc’s mother (Glenn Close), a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. Tackling this epic tale through an unexpected perspective, "Mother of the Maid" explores the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.

Member Reviews (196)


Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
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Strong acting, Well staged, Disappointing script, Colloquial language, Shifting tone

See it if you're a fan of Close or Joan Arc. GC emotes well, but inconsistent script. Strong acting fr ensemble. Accessible story of precocious child.

Don't see it if you want a focused, revelatory script. No point to retelling: nothing new! Shaw's SJ is much more philos/intellectual. Tone varies wildly.

Also I was disappointed in MOTM. The script used colloquial lang in medieva... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Tragic, Heartfelt

See it if I enjoyed the mother’s perspective, w/Joan as a rebellious, cocky, possibly transgender, teenager. Witty dialog. Fun supporting characters

Don't see it if You don’t like historical fiction with some anachronisms. GC is great but the script is too sentimental when she is on stage by herself.

Ambitious, Prosaic, Disappointing, Great lead performance

See it if u want to see Glenn Close transcend in a new play that humanizes the Joan d'Arc story and vacillates clumsily from sitcom to highbrow drama.

Don't see it if you expect any dramatic arc or hope for any new perspectives on the familiar Joan story or on mother-daughter relationships.

Also The play's not the thing. This is a platform for Close to shine... and... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Jean d'Arc's mum speaks out on parenting, class, and victimhood. Pared-down Close is unvarnished in odd, small play. Tender reunion in cell.

Don't see it if Bland play and wardrobe with nothing to say about martyrdom. Modern talk. But,'s Glenn Close.

What if your teenage daughter wanted to leave home to lead an army into battle?

See it if 4 Glenn Close's affecting performance as mother of Joan of Arc, humanizes J by showing her actions/cruel end from her parents' perspective

Don't see it if has sitcom vibe; robs Joan of some of her mystery/gravitas, showing her as modern pain in the a** rebellious teen

Also I. Something unique happened at the performance I attended: after hear... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great central performance by glenn close who deserves a much better play, Slow

See it if you want to see a fine performance by Glenn Close. Also, one of the best set designs to grace the stage of the Anspacher by John Lee Beatty.

Don't see it if you like plays to be well written and not appear to be like an episode from a TV series.

Also Disappointing all around. The supporting cast surrounding Ms. Close is... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Interesting concept

See it if You want to see Glenn Close up close and personal. The "adults" I'm this play we're good well rounded characters. The idea was interesting.

Don't see it if You don't care about the Joan of Arc story and don't want to see Glenn Close spend all her time dealing with an obnoxious pair of children.

Great acting, Great staging, Creative script

See it if Glen Close brilliant portrayal of a mother in anguish. Van Patton great. Modern language and family interaction draws the audience in.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to see a play where you already know what is going to happen. A very human backstory doesn’t interest you.

Glenn close is luminous, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if you want to see a great actress at the top of her game.Close is perfection.Story is fascinating & compelling.It never lost my interest.

Don't see it if you want something frothy.This makes you look at Joan D'Arc from a different angle.Acting is uniformly very good with Close being a knockout

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're interested in a different perspective on a well known story.

Don't see it if you object to anachronistic accents and attitudes.

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Glenn Close deliver an impressive and captivating performance or want to see Joan of Arc told from a different perspective.

Don't see it if you've already seen countless Joan of Arc adaptions and are bored of it. Although this one shifts the perspective to her mother.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Intense

See it if A tour de force performance by Glenn Close. Thoroughly engaged me.

Don't see it if The play itself was a bit weak, and filled with anachronisms. I often thought we were in Ireland, not France.

Great acting, Great staging, Overrated, Banal, Quirky

See it if you want to see a great actress putting over a fairly written play. Glenn Close and cast shine. Second act is a winner

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for softball first acts.

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you like vehicles for great acting. Cast is superb and the story is refreshingly modern despite being about Joan of Arc.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces.

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever, Relevant

See it if humanizing Joan of Arc story from the viewpoint of her mother; story of 2 very strong women; story of timeless mother-daughter relations;

Don't see it if you want 15th century story told in contemporary language (sometimes annoying); narration at the end to fill in life after the death of Joan

Also Great Glenn Close performance!... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if A signature role for the brilliant Glenn Close. The family of Joan is explored with a contemporary twist.A must see!

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not like historical dramas.

Slow, Fluffy

See it if Mainly there to watch Glenn Close dramatically mother Joan of Arc. She's Joan's #1 advocate before, during, and long after Joan's fame.

Don't see it if Thin plot, slow, not much happens. Dramatically acted, but little context leading up to it. Some strange self narration in the third person.

Also Ticket from online rush on TodayTix for $27.50.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if great acting of a different look at the joan of arc story - how it effects the family.

Don't see it if not into historical drama, then skip this.

Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see a brilliant Glenn Close and Grace van Patten as mother and daughter in an intimate theater setting.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with historical drama written in modern language. Although Close was mesmerizing the play was slow for me.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You may be interested in seeing a "Joan of Arc" that focuses on the perspective of the parents. Glenn Close and the cast are terrific.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter or prefer lighter,comedic fare.

Disappointing, Refreshing

See it if You like Joan of Arc. You want to see Glenn Close no matter what.

Don't see it if You want set design and direction to support a script and tell a well-paced, well-organized story.

Glenn close tour de force, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Glenn Close. You are fascinates my the Joan of Arc story -- this is whole new angle.

Don't see it if I can't imagine not wanting to see this!

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Touching, Anachronistic language

See it if You love Glenn Close, appreciate this perspective on the story, or will enjoy a visually strong production.

Don't see it if You don’t like period pieces or intimate Public productions.

Also Extra points for Glenn Close who halted the show near the beginning du... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if For the premise if you can deal with an long, uneven familyish drama with some interesting scenes about religious leaders and class dynamics

Don't see it if You're just going for Glenn Close. You were hoping for an Arc tale sans Joan — she's everywhere, and the play is less interesting for it.

Also I wish the playwright had abandoned Joan in the beginning of the play ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Glenn Close is riveting. Great staging. A new angle on an old story.

Don't see it if Looking for the conventional Joan story.

October 17th, 2018
“Close’s a triumphant blend of sharp sense and passionate sensibility, of an old pro’s expertise and a newcomer’s enthusiasm...Ms. Anderson’s robustly sentimental play, a take on a saint-in-the-making from a parent’s perspective, provides an old-fashioned showcase for the kind of...
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October 17th, 2018
“Anderson’s new play shifts the focus from Joan herself to Isabelle, the woman who raised her. Played by the always astonishing Close...At its core, this is a story every parent can identify with...We know that Joan’s terrible fate is sealed, but that doesn’t make the inevitable end any less hear...
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October 17th, 2018
“Though its form and tone are more TV-ish than strikingly theatrical, ‘Mother of the Maid’ succeeds at a hard job: rehumanizing a myth...Anderson has threaded a tricky needle: She’s created a good human, not a perfect one but a really good one, and without an overabundance of sentimentality, she’...
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October 17th, 2018
“A historical drama so clunky and tonally confused it sometimes plays like a SNL sketch in search of a punchline...Penn's handsomely appointed production has one affecting interlude close to the end...But elsewhere the play is dull, prosaic and blighted by misplaced comedy, while Van Patten's per...
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