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The Maids (L'Atelier Theatre)

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Well acted, Challenging, Clever

About the show

L'Atelier Theatre Productions revives this Jean Genet classic about a pair of rebellious maids. Performed in French with English supertitles, More…

Every night, the maids stage a fantasized revolution against their mistress Madame. Every night they fail miserably. But last night they took a step toward reality. They plotted against Monsieur and had the police lock him up. Family and class wars unfold. 'The Maids' explores the power structures and brutality inherent in modern society.

Member Reviews (3)


Great acting, Absorbing, Well acted, Challenging, Clever
Avg Score

Classic, Challenging, Well acted, Straightforward

See it if you're fluent in French and want to see a pretty straightforward staging or if you're familiar with the play and want to see it in French.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy low-budget downtown theater or reading supertitles. You need good sight lines at all times and dislike hard folding chairs.

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Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Must see. Extraordinary production of one of the great plays. Dark and perverse power fantasies played out with A+ staging.

Don't see it if In French w/ subtitles, tho much better if you understand some basic French. Prob not for kids- but there *was* an entire school class there

Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you like Genet. This is an intelligent production, very well acted

Don't see it if you don't know French, you hate supertitles, and you don't understand Genet

March 10th, 2017
"Most importantly, Codec and Townsend imbue their roles with an intensity that embodies the bond between the sisters as a crackling mix of hostility and a deep, borderline sensual love...The subtitles weren't always easy to read across the well-lit stage, but we agreed that the performance was co...
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March 29th, 2017
"To have seen this great, passionate production is a life treasure...This was a stunning production...The set design, by Lloyd Huber and Di Girolamo, was as imaginative and emotionally signifying as any I’ve ever seen...The heat of emotions and tightly entwined dialog of these two sisters, who kn...
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March 15th, 2017
“None of the intensity of the play is lost in translation. And what intensity there is...Though little actually happens, the intensity of the psychological rabbit hole Genet conjures is enough to keep the audience hooked…The subtitles can prove distracting...If you spend too much time dwelling on...
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March 11th, 2017
"The work couldn’t be a more relevant choice for the contemporary bureaucratic landscape…It’s rare to see an experimental work so well put together. The cast and creative team expertly navigated the fine line between chaos and structure…If this work is any indication, L’Atelier Théâtre Production...
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