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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
Avg Score

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.

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

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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