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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

Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if A play that has some good acting and direction. If you dont care that its not great, however.

Don't see it if It is not a fantastic all around story but interesting enough.

Gripping, Uneven, Personal as political, Unsettling, Smart

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.

Also Seeing Place Theater is consistently good at staging modern or older c... Read more Read less

Banal, Relevant, Slow, Quirky, Great acting

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.

Edgy, Confusing, Slow, Quirky

See it if Two maids play role games thinking of way to kill their mistress.

Don't see it if Dark at time and confusing too. If you are looking for a funny story.

Absurdist, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

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.

Also As Conrad has suggested earlier, the play would be better with male le... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, A bit creepy, in a good way, Engrossing

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.

Also This company is a real treasure, always delivering above and beyond my... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Slow, Clever, Relevant, Intense

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

Dated, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you enjoy existential stories

Don't see it if you need clearly laid out plots

Slow, Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite

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

Also Gaia Visnar is good and mischievous as one of the maids;Christine Redh... Read more Read less

Quirky, Intelligent, Confusing, Entertaining

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.

Also This ran in rep with the previously reviewed Measure for Measure. The ... Read more Read less

Thorny, edgy, thought-provoking

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.

Also The actress playing Madame is young--perhaps too young. Madame hardly ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you're prepared to think while watching a true classic.

Don't see it if you want to sit back and laugh.

Also The three actors do a fine job of tackling a play that is not exactly ... Read more Read less

Good acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You would like a well-acted production of a play about play-acting maids and their fantasies run amock

Don't see it if You want everything to be a neat package without derangement

Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if I went to see this play last night and it was an unexpected surprise. The cast deliver a professional representation of the material.

Don't see it if This is a small scale play in a small theater. While I prefer smaller since I think it is more immediate it might not be for everyone.

Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to discover a true-crime, existential, classic performed by actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You don’t like small theater spaces, independent theater company's working on a budget.

Also This play was a revelation to me. I was familiar with it as having the... Read more Read less

Great acting, Confusing, Intense

See it if you like French absurdist comedy that’s really well done.

Don't see it if you want a more straightforward play

Also You do really need to pay attention. It’s a pretty confusing play, but... Read more Read less

Profound, Resonant, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be absorbed by timeless intrigue amidst interpersonal alliances and conflicts

Don't see it if You are looking for a Broadway musical

Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Jean Genet's The Maids poses complicated issues of identity and social class. It is a difficult play and the actors did very well.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in complex theate that makes you think

Resonant, Profound, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Jean Genet, like an intimate theater setting, you think about income inequality, want to see an absorbing play.

Don't see it if You want a glitzy Broadway show or don't want to follow a complex, challenging story

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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