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Posted: 1/8/14 at 04:30pm
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The Maids
Updated On: 8/5/14 at 04:30 PM
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dreaming
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When do tickets go on sale for "The Maids"? I wouldn't miss it for the world!!!
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I am tempted to drop 100 bucks for the pre-sale to make sure I get a ticket.
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Play Esq.
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I don't think this will be an instant sell-out. There were tickets available for the much better known Uncle Vanya (with Blanchett) up until the show was running.

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I would rather see the two of them in MARY STUART but I will still pay to see them in THE MAIDS.

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Updated On: 1/8/14 at 07:02 PM
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Anyone know when they go on sale for non-members?
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Playbill says single tickets go on sale March 31st.
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Play Esq.
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The Maids
Posted: 8/5/14 at 01:28pm
Performances start tomorrow...who's going??
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Posted: 8/5/14 at 03:11pm
I'm going Saturday and maybe Sunday.
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Play Esq.
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Posted: 8/6/14 at 11:36pm
Anyone go tonight? Very excited to see this but I have to wait until next week...interested to hear other's thoughts.
greatwhiteway72
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Posted: 8/6/14 at 11:44pm
Also, can anyone who went comment on how "partial" the partial view seating is? (Especially Balcony seats)
JeffDaEgg2
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Posted: 8/7/14 at 12:33am
Just replied about this (but mezz) in the other thread.
After Eight
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Posted: 8/7/14 at 08:10am
A misconceived and misguided production. The CIty Center is completely wrong for the play, (except to make a lot of money natch.) The playing space is too large, the production is glitzed and gimmicked up --- all to the play's detriment, especially the obtrusive projections. Isabelle Huppert is unintelligible a good part of the time, as is Cate Blanchett a small part of the time. They both work very hard, but they're up against it. The best of the three was Elizabeth Debicki.

2 hours, no intermission.
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Posted: 8/7/14 at 09:18am
People on the other board are also referring to Isabelle Huppert's rather difficult to understand diction. Well, I'll attend anything Cate's in -- intelligible or not.
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Posted: 8/7/14 at 10:33pm
Whoa. That was weird. I mean WEIRD. And I basically loved it.

All three actresses are nothing short of brilliant and I thought the production filled the space nicely. Cate in particular gave a F*CKing star performance. It was rapturous.

Huppert's final monologue reminded me of what Michael Shannon recently had to do in the final scene of The Killer- it's a near impossible task to pull off, but I think she (and he) did the best anyone could do. My ear had to attune to her accent, but once I did there was no problem understanding her diction.

Elizabeth Debicki was wonderful as the mistress too. It was very funny to see all the truths to her maids' previous imitations of their employer.

I loved the set and especially the costumes. The dresses are to die for (no pun intended!). The projections were fun- especially the closeups of Cate putting on makeup; camera operators were on both sides of stage filming live images and projecting them on the back screen. Often they were at a different angle than what we were seeing so it was like the 24 effect of having a split screen of the same actor from two vantage points.

I just can't get over Cate's performance. If you're going for her she does not disappoint.

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RippedMan
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Posted: 8/7/14 at 11:21pm
So sad I'm not going to get to see this. Someone record it!!!!
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Posted: 8/8/14 at 01:01am
Did anyone go to the stage door for THE MAIDS to get Cate Blanchett to sign playbills? Did she leave through the stage door or go out elsewhere? Do they have any merchandise for THE MAIDS?

Looking forward to seeing this soon.
dave1606
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Posted: 8/8/14 at 10:20am
I was there last night. For those interested I was in the second to last row rear mezz ($60 ticket with fees) and I missed all the projections. I wasn't terribly bothered by it, but for that price, it was annoying that the balcony offers a much more full view. My ticket was not marked partial view when I bought it, and I did find that annoying.

Regardless, I really enjoyed it. The play is strange, and overstayed its welcome. Interesting that the playbill said 90 minute runtime but this was 2 hours again last night! I really think something like this should be no longer than 90 minutes. By the time we reached Isabelle Huppert's monologue at the end, my patience was running thin.

That said, this show lends itself for exactly what you want from a movie star actress. Cate gets to wear gorgeous clothes in the first half of the show (stunning costumes, the entire rack of clothing was fantastic), and she gets to really dominate the stage then.

I loved the constantly shifting power dynamics between the women, and was very impressed with Debecki as the mistress. Huppert has the toughest role, but I think she aquits herself nicely.

This is not a frothy comedy, and I wouldn't' call the material always easy to sit through. But its a complex and interesting production that is a fantastic vehicle for all three women and to see Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert onstage, that is all I could ask.
JeffDaEgg2
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Posted: 8/8/14 at 11:28pm
Completely agree, dave1606...it really should be a bit shorter. I was super antsy by the time Huppert's final monologue came around and kind of zoned it out. I think those last few too-long minutes may have led to the lack of a standing ovation at the end on Wednesday (turned into a standing O the third time the cast came out just 'cause people wanted to leave).

I found it strange that the ushers kept loudly stating that the show was 1 hour 45 minutes with no late seating, yet it lasted 2 hours and they kept seating latecomers...

After some time to digest it I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought when I was leaving the theatre, but I think it could be a tighter production.
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 8/8/14 at 11:36pm
I hate that I'm out of state and had to miss this. Hopefully it was "captured" by someone.
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PrinceCaspian
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Posted: 8/11/14 at 10:19am
WOW. I saw this yesterday. Unbelievable performances.

Will this production be tony eligible???
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Posted: 8/11/14 at 11:15am
No.
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Posted: 8/11/14 at 02:32pm
Can't wait to see this! I have second row seats on saturday! Cate Blanchett has been brilliant all 4 times I have seen her live.
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Posted: 8/11/14 at 02:43pm
@NYC4Life you should seriously bring a seat belt

Have fun
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Posted: 8/11/14 at 07:49pm
An incredible production of a very tricky play. Blanchett and Hubbert are not only fantastic, but Elizabeth Debicki is a revelation.

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