The SFA School of Theater presented "The Maids," directed by Rick Jones, through livestream and in-person. "The Maids" is a French play written by Jean Genet in 1947 and was loosely based on two sisters who murdered their employers and daughter. The play, recommended for mature audiences, focuses on Solange and Claire, sisters who are servants to Madame and Monsieur. While the house is empty, the sisters act out ways to kill Madame and take turns portraying their master. Things then take a turn when they find out Monsieur is out of jail and their plan to kill Madame falls apart, along with their sanity.
I watched the play through the livestream; however, this play is better experienced in person to feel immersed in the 90-minute play. If an opportunity arises, take it immediately, even if it will be years from now. I had no prior knowledge of the story and what happens, so I was not closed-minded as to how things should go.
During the play, there were moments when the audio cut out, but it became a small inconvenience as I was invested throughout and pieced together what was happening. The actresses portraying Claire, Solange and Madame did a fantastic job. I have nothing but good things to say about them. And although the theater location was new as construction on W.M. Turner Auditorium will take place for the next two years, the actors were able to utilize the space perfectly and make the audience feel as if they were in 1940s France.
As for the story itself, there is a lot of talking. For people who like more action than dialogue, this might not be the best for you. But with the great acting and the added background music, I wanted to watch through to the end. And I am glad I did, for what better way to spend a Friday evening than watching a play about two sisters planning a murder (the best way to spend a Friday night, in my opinion).
Overall, this was a thrilling story that had me wanting to see what would happen. Again, this was not a play I had known about, but I am delighted I was able to watch it. This might not be for everyone, as the themes in the play are dark and blur the lines between right and wrong. (There were times I felt like the sisters got a little too close and the role-playing felt like the characters were not pretending.) This was a bold step made in the right direction.