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Weak, confusing Maids suffers in tiny space

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Maids
Stone Soup Theatre
Through August 22


The tiny space of Stone Soup's upstage theater is probably too small a space for The Maids, by Jean Genet, now running there through this weekend. The play is a darkly funny take on two maids who play-act as their mistress, whom they clearly hate. But the scope of their play-acting is so compressed in that theater that it's hard to tell it's supposed to be a spoof for a very long time after the start of the play.

Their language to each other is really hateful, and finally, we realize that it's so over-the-top it can't be real and they can't mean it and stay in the same room with each other. The play is based on a real-life story of two real sisters working as maids in the 1930s in Le Mans, France, who murdered their mistress and her daughter with no apparent motive or defense. In the play, there is no daughter, and oddly enough, the only murder is not of the mistress; it's one of the sisters, who insists on dying to make a point.

The sisters, Solange (Melissa Fenwick) and Claire (Molly Tomhave), spend the majority of their unsupervised time taking turns impersonating their hated mistress (Madame, played by B. Badgley), and then take turns ritually killing the fake mistress in mock murders. Even though it's a comment on master-slave relationships, these women seem completely insane.

While each actor delivers lines well and the comic timing is preserved handily in the production, the play doesn't deliver much punch. A conceit of the play - having B. Badgley, a man, play the mistress - actually confuses things more rather than illuminates. Ultimately, it aspires to mean more than it does.

The new company, Theatre Machine, is committed to showcasing more women's roles and women's issues. This production certainly supports their mission. For more information, write theatremachine@gmail.com or go to www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

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