Seeing Place Theater presents Jean Genet's classic in which two sisters, maids to a wealthy society woman, act out fantasies of class, love and revenge. More…
Solange and Claire are two housemaids who construct elaborate sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away. The focus of their role-playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide. Their deliberate pace and devotion to detail guarantees that they always fail to actualize their fantasies by ceremoniously "killing" Madame at the ritual's dénouement.
"There a few things that make it difficult to catch onto the absurd tone of the piece. The first is that the pacing is a bit slow in challenging places...As a director, Ms. Cronican makes excellent use of the layout of Mike Mroch’s scenic design...No material is wasted in this repertory production...I encourage support for The Seeing Place Theater because their mission is simple and clear, and evidence demonstrates their achievement of it." Full Review
See it if You want to see something completely different from anything else available. It's worth the trip to the East Village for this odd piece.
Don't see it if You don't like to be fully engaged in what you're seeing, or if you are not a fan of small black box theatres.
See it if You haven't seen this gripping show before, or even if you have. The Seeing Place Theatre always adds to my understanding with their work.
Don't see it if You don't like small intimate theatre, or want something funny. This thoughtful, involving piece speaks to today's growing income inequality
See it if you'd like a chance to reevaluate a classic modern play in our era of enormous power differential between haves & have-nots.
Don't see it if you get claustrophobic in tiny theater spaces: here you will feel the breeze whenever the actors whoosh by.
See it if like to see the play where craziness took over 2 maids and joyfull game became a diagnosis. Two talented actresses,one actress trying hard
Don't see it if Dislike small theatre, dark comedies with the fantasmagoric dialogs and at times slow and uneven performance; want a solid ending
See it if you like plays that interlock fantasy and reality and blur the lines between where fantasy ends and reality begins.
Don't see it if you like clear linear plots and to know exactly what is REALLY happening. Are not a fan of dark comedies and intentional overacting.
See it if your interested in Genet's ideas about how the underprivileged and underappreciated might react to their lack of an escape.
Don't see it if you recognized, like I did, that the real story, that Genet based this play on, is much more interesting today.
See it if you appreciate young talent giving all to their performances. You like drama that allows you to contrast past haves and have-nots to today.
Don't see it if you want spiffy action - this ongoing plotting is not the most exciting. You have to view this pay as a product of another age.
See it if you want a chance to see a famous play in the early style of French theater of the absurd.
Don't see it if you don't have patience for a sometimes slow play that veers between absurdity and melodrama.
See it if You don't mind small production and relatively small stage. Not sure if the sister or the madam got killed in the end.
Don't see it if You need a bit more space with your seat. Or if you are too tired...
See it if One of the great scripts in theater- playing with paranoia and fantasy.
Don't see it if Uneven acting. The space could use also use a little more acoustic panelling- voices got too much volume and reverb throughout in setting.
See it if you want to revisit a classic by "bad boy" Genet; you support indie theatre; you were assigned a term paper on it; you can overlook flaws
Don't see it if crisp speech & riveting acting are essential; overheated cellars make you sleepy; class warfare themes bug you; you've yearned for servants
See it if Interested in class critique and how fantasy and reality can merge with bad results. And you like tiny theaters
Don't see it if One miscast actor and slow exposition. It wasn't engaging; a number of audience members were nodding off.
See it if you want to see a production of this play specifically; want to support small theaters
Don't see it if you want something dark and edgy (the story may be, but this ain't it), want great acting, need big production value
See it if You like plays with difficult plots that are hard to understand. Also if you prefer an intimate setting with a small cast.
Don't see it if You prefer show with a simple plot that you can easily understand and relate to it.
See it if The actresses did a good job. Perhaps inserting a joke here and there wouldve helped. Nice venue and staging.
Don't see it if You must listen closely. Lines were read quickly. I woke up to see others sleeping as well. So sorry but it wasnt good.
See it if support a small theatre group; all seating is good to allow intimate feeling and to experience the acting up close
Don't see it if you dislike small casts, long monologues of imaginations
See it if Great writing and a historically relevant play. Low prices.
Don't see it if You need a perfectly cast trio to make going worthwhile. You expect actor/director to know her lines inside out.
See it if you absolutely must. See it if you can look past some uneven, listless and lifeless acting and "non" staged staging.
Don't see it if you want to see a show that was intended to shock you... cause this one misses the point. There's no hunger, no urgency.
See it if You love Genet, irrespective of the quality of the production?
Don't see it if I really only enjoyed some of the costuming and 1 of the actors in this. It felt much longer than it was. No part of it worked for me.
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