|Booking From:||Saturday, 21st May 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st May 2016|
|Important Info:||Thursday 17 March (Matinee and & Evening) & Friday 18th March (Evening) Zawe Ashton will not be appearing. Friday 25 March (Evening) & Saturday 26 March (Matinee and Evening) Uzo Aduba will not be appearing.|
This review is for the play itself, not the acting, which was quite good.
I'm an avid theatre goer with a lot of experience going to shows on Broadway and here in London. I can honestly say that this play was one of the most unpleasant theatre experiences I've had. Starting with the pounding-too loud electronic music before the show, moving on to an unbelievably talky, crude and repetitive script, this play was a miserable experience. It consists mostly of three characters screaming at one another on a bare stage. The two maids are planning a murder. They talk like no two African Americans anyone has ever met. There is no context to their conversation. They have no family, friends or histories. They exist to be angry, threaten and scream.
Many of my fellow audience members appeared to be as miserable as I was, but there is no escape from The Maids. The play has no intermission. The theatre seats are tightly packed on a steep incline. Around me I heard people whispering softly, praying for a break so they could leave. No such luck. Go to The Maids and you are trapped in two hours of yelling. (The "c" word is repeated endlessly.) This is probably one of the two or three worst plays I have ever seen.
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