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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

What were they thinking?

See it if You want to see an old play done in a very intimate and black box setting

Don't see it if You have no connection to this play. The play is very old very outdated and they didn’t do anything to make it stand out or become different

Also This theater company is a theater company that I root for! I try to se... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

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.

Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if like me, you have never seen the play. It isn't done often so here's your chance.

Don't see it if expect quality acting, directing, or production values when you go to the theatre. This is more of a showcase than a true production.

Also This production is the perfect example of why a director should never ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing

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.

Also Gaia Visnar did a valiant job as Claire, trying hard to bring a lusty,... Read more Read less

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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