The Verdict: Critics Review The Maids, Starring Cate Blanchett

The Sydney Theatre Company's production of The Maids, starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, officially opened Aug. 8 at the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival at New York City Center.  

Elizabeth Debicki and Cate Blanchett in The Maids
Elizabeth Debicki and Cate Blanchett in The Maids (Photo by Lisa Tomasetti)

Blanchett, who won the Academy Award in 2013 for "Blue Jasmine" and who played Yelena in Sydney Theatre Company's production of Uncle Vanya at the 2012 Lincoln Center Festival, plays the maid Claire under the direction of Benedict Andrews.

Performances run through Aug. 16.

French film star Isabelle Huppert plays Blanchett's older sister Solange with Elizabeth Debicki as their mistress, in the tight and fraught play by Jean Genet in a new translation by director Andrews and Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

* Entertainment Weekly

The Guardian

NY Daily News

New York Magazine/Vulture

The New Yorker

The New York Times

Time Out New York

USA Today


The Wrap

The 2014 Lincoln Center Festival's production of the Syndney Theatre Company's The Maids by Jean Genet is made possible in part by support from Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and members of the Producers Circle.


The performance runs approximately one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.

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