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The Maids

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

About the show

Outliers Theatre Co. presents its inaugural production, a revival of Jean Genet's beautiful and controversial play, a dazzling mirror maze of identity, status, and
cruelty. More…

Two sisters, Solange and Claire, struggle to believe their existence as maids is anything but subhuman. Each night they enact a secret fantasy while their mistress is away. When their attempt to destroy Madame's love affair goes awry, their hopes for transcendence grow increasingly slim. A desperate hunger for dignity drives their sadistic ritual to new depths.

Member Reviews (15)


Slow, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent
Avg Score

Confusing, Dated, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Genet and like intimate settings. Some good performances.

Don't see it if translation is dated. Main actors so disparate in style–don't mesh. Nelson plays as a cuckold straight guy. Hard to see a maid in there.

Dated, Strange, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like small strange intimate shows. Staging is somewhat immersive which I enjoyed.

Don't see it if Show is short but parts seem to go on forever due to 'talky' scenes with not a lot of action. No AC, which makes the setting uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if like thought-provoking plays, expressed by girls played by men in drag (as suggested by author) brings class struggle idea to surface.

Don't see it if you like light entretaiment, comedies, musicals etc.

Great writing, Profound, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Jean Genet and great texts.

Don't see it if You expect great production values.

Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A small production in size and a brilliant one in talent. Absorbing performance. Prize worthy.

Don't see it if Intimate setting is not your thing. A play within a play might not be your preference .

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you cherish strong bold performances in intimate spaces. The acting, led by James Nelson is some of best in indie theater

Don't see it if you need the A/C blasting. Theater was pretty hot and handheld fans are the only damage control. Also if you hate gender-bending casting

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Slow, Great writing

See it if you love this strange, ambitious play and want to see some great actors take it on and really create a great atmosphere in the room.

Don't see it if Genet is not your cup of tea and you dislike very hot theaters.

Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Slow

See it if Ready to spend hour+ wondering why....

Don't see it if You have better way of spending that time...

Great staging, Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you love master-servant dynamics laced with ironic crime mystery and some brilliant role-play monologues.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate psychodrama or if the simultaneous sexualization and hostile rejection of shame disturb you: masturbation & light BDSM.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Cate Blanchett and an exquisite playwright!

Don't see it if You don´t like serious theater.

Clever, Great acting, Great entertainment

See it if you like to be entertained

Don't see it if you don't enjoy great acting

Intense, Indulgent, Intelligent, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You have never seen a production of The Maids.

Don't see it if You tend to be hypercritical of shows, as this production offered nothing particularly exciting to the audience.

Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like kinky delusional characters

Don't see it if You like compelling plots

Transformational, Ritualistic, Revolutionary

See it if Genet's your ace.

Don't see it if you like Aykbourn

Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Funny

See it if You like intelligent comedies.

Don't see it if You hate dated dialogue.

August 2nd, 2016
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