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Issue No. 1938

The Maids
Written by Jean Genet
Naach Theatre Company
14 and 15 February, MAC Theatre, Birmingham,
phone 0121 440 3838

IN THIS unusual and biting perspective on class relations, two maids of a wealthy woman live out a rich fantasy life.

They take turns each night to impersonate her and imagine leading a life of beauty, luxury and notoriety — so different to their own squalid and servile position.

As their role play becomes more rebellious and vengeful, they begin to take action in their real lives.

This production is transferred from 1930s France to 1960s Bombay. The mistress is a famous actress and the maids are her “hijras” — a marginalised caste for those born intersex and for genetic males living as women.

This shift mostly just allows for a bit of visual display, but it also eases the artificiality of the language by setting it in a world of overblown display and melodrama.
Morag McDonald

Frida Kahlo — Portraits of an Icon
National Portrait Gallery, London, until 26 June, free admission

This selection of 50 photographic portraits of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo spans her life, beginning with a photograph of her as a two year old and ending with the image of Kahlo on her deathbed. On display for the first time in Britain, these portraits bring the art and the painter into focus.

A Minute Too Late
Runs until 26 February, National Theatre, London, phone 020 7452 3000

A Minute Too Late is a show about death. A comedy of mourning, it was the second piece Complicite created, 21 years ago.

It is always a real treat to see Complicite in action, and this is no exception. Bringing together three of the founding members — Jozef Houben, Simon McBurney and Marcello Magni — this play reminds you what this theatre company is about.

There are only limited tickets left, but it is always worth ringing up for returns. If you do get a chance to see this, you won’t be disappointed.
Kelly Hilditch

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Sat 12 Feb 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1938
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