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  The Maids at The Artistic Home

The Maids

The Artistic Home
1376 W Grand Chicago

Genet's subversive drama, in which two maids fantasize killing their mistress, was inspired by a real-life murder committed by two sisters working as maids who killed their employer and her daughter. In the play, the maids 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.

Thru - Jul 22, 2018

Fridays: 9:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00pm


Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 866-811-4111

www.theartistichome.org



  The Maids Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...For his Artistic Home staging, Michael Conroy has chosen to mix things up to the extent that Madame is played by Brookelyn Hebert, who presents unambiguously as a woman, while Claire and Solange are embodied by drag artists Patience Darling and Hinkypunk respectively. What we see for most of the show's 90-minute running time are two lean, tallish people in extravagant face makeup transitioning back and forth between ball gowns and the tastefully kinkified maid uniforms created by costume designer Zachery Wagner."
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Tony Adler


Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...The Maids at the Artistic Home theater is little bit unexplainable, but deeply entrancing. It's a fearsome ode to power and manipulation, and is also about putting on a pristine facade to deter anyone from looking closely at your undercarriage. This 90-minute slow-burn story shape-shifts from performance art, to a drag catwalk, to poetry, to feverish daydream, to a kinky, BDSM fantasy. It's enigmatic enough that, like your co-worker who won't stop gushing about seeing Cirque du Soleil in Vegas, we can never capture the spirit of it."
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Sean Margaret Wagner


Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...It would be too simple to say that sisters Claire (Patience Darling) and Solange (Hinkypunk) hate Madame (Brookelyn Hebert). Oh, they certainly do, but Madame is so much more beautiful, graceful, self-assured, intelligent, and perceptive, that they cannot help but love her. Or lust for her. And for her boyfriend, whom they have just had arrested by sending the police an anonymous and probably bogus tip-off."
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Jacob Davis


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