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The Maids (INTAR)

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Intense, Clever

About the show

INTAR presents the world premiere of Jose Rivera's take on Jean Genet's classic, reset on Vieques Island on the eve of the U.S. military's 1941 invasion. More…

Two maids, sisters Monique and Yvette, dream of liberating the island—and themselves—from La Doña, mistress of the largest sugar plantation on Vieques. Rituals are enacted, roles are reversed, identities become fluid, bombs fall, poison is consumed, genders collide, and a psycho-sexual drama is unleashed as the trio struggles with the meaning of power, sisterhood, and freedom. Adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera ('The Motorcycle Diaries').

1h 45m | Already closed | INTAR Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (7)

MEMBERS SAY:

Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Intense, Clever
82
Avg Score

72
Edgy, Quirky, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You want an irreverent version of this classic text

Don't see it if You don't like reinterpretations

80
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Provocative

See it if you want to experience a committed ensemble present master playwright José Rivera's wild & richly troubling elaboration of Genet's classic

Don't see it if being REALLY close to loud, sweaty, physically exuberant actors makes you uncomfortable; if you want to see Genet's play done "straight"

80
Intense, Indulgent, Edgy, Funny

See it if You're looking for a physically hyped-up, gender-bending rendition of Jean Genet's play.

Don't see it if You have sensitive hearing -lots of passionate yelling involved.

80
Ambitious, Muscular, Provocative

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre, movement-based work, and well-crafted performances

Don't see it if you need clarity in story-telling, or don't like interacting with performers directly.

90
Inspiring

See it if great new adaptation with solid performances

Don't see it if you only prefer traditional theater

During previews
100
Clever, Funny, Riveting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like frontal, physical, political performances! This is a new Puerto Rican adaptation of a classic post WWII French play.

Don't see it if you don't like irreverent comedy, existentialism, class warfare, profanity, actors jumping off the walls.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if Outrageous gender reversals are your thing.

Don't see it if You think you'll vote for Trump.


October 17th, 2016
"There’s a particular urgency to the sisters’ yearning for freedom in Mr. Rivera’s adaptation. That’s partly to do with his chosen location, an island that’s a colonialist pawn, and also with his use of contemporary language...The production’s single misstep comes deep in the performance, when Mr...
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October 18th, 2016
"With earthiness, bombast, and local color, Rivera’s dialogue and concept is faithful to Genet’s harshly comic view of conventional societal values. This fidelity includes the play’s repetitiveness that sometimes becomes wearying during its one hour and 45 minute length without an intermission......
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October 6th, 2016
"If the audience is confused, and is unable to keep track of who exactly is playing who at a given moment, and why, it hardly matters. It's not as though the play loses any clarity. Perhaps it even gains it, for despite the role switching, Rivera's command of compelling modern dialogue grounds th...
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October 13th, 2016
"Dual triple casting is a way for Irizarry to have his cake and eat it too when it comes to playing with this idea, but the conceptually provocative decision ultimately feels more like a distraction from, rather than a vital engagement of, Rivera's powerful adaptation...When Butler Rivera and Wil...
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