Hilary Roberts

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The Maids

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 25-Feb. 17
7:30 p.m.
Every Wed. from Feb. 7-14
7:30 p.m.
Every Mon. and Sun. from Jan. 28-29
7:30 p.m.
$39; $15 for those under 30
Theater

Dark & Stormy Productions’ The Maids is certain to elicit powerful reactions. Though it was written by French playwright Jean Genet in the 1940s, time has only amplified the central themes of the provocative piece. The story begins with two maids playacting the petty commands of their employer and daydreaming of their eventual revenge. With every disparaging dictate, the acrimony escalates until the pair begin to consider if their dark fantasies could become a reality. Into the simmering cauldron of resentment, their oblivious employer enters. Characterized by an undercurrent of wicked, satiric humor, The Maids not only critiques the corruptible nature of power, but the way perception is perverted through our own highly susceptible sense of self-identity. Starring a powerhouse trio of Emily Bridges, Jane Froiland, and Sara Marsh (who also serves as director), this electrifying work is certain to provoke questions of how we define ourselves when culturally assigned labels are ripped to shreds. 


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