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The Maids (The Seeing Place Theater)

From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (33)


Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious

Maid worse

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.

Also The juicy housemaid fantasy does most of the housework itself. Visnar ... Read more Read less

Intimate, Intriguing, Slow

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

Also I kept waiting for something to really happen, but the drama never ful... Read more Read less

Talky & felt longer than 80 mins, Uneven acting & hesitancy, Interesting, claustrophobic set design, Distracting music & not from the 1930s era, Baffling

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

Also When Claire & Solange are left to their role-playing, the dramatic ten... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Slow, Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You just like going to plays

Don't see it if You want a comedy or musical

Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

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...

Intense, Great writing, Uneven

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.

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

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.

Quirky, Uneven acting, Slow

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.

Also The actor playing Salange, who is also is the play's director, was not... Read more Read less

Slow, Great staging, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

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.

April 10th, 2019
"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 productio...
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