The Maids

Donald Kinney and Robert Kinney

1990, 53:00 minutes, colour, English


Jean Genet's The Maids provides the text for the second tape by Robert & Donald Kinney exploring their relationship as twins and their gay sexualities. Robert & Donald play the title roles of sisters, Claire and Solonge; domestic workers in service to a wealthy mistress. Woven into the convoluted dialogue, the sisters reveal how poverty and cultural marginalization breed a self-hatred that finds its locus in the image of one another. The production is a faux opulent garden of roses, sequined gowns and gilded furniture.

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Critical Writing

The Kinney Brothers: Expressing their pride by nurturing a growing...
by David Hirsch. The Boston Reader, June 15, 1993, v. 3, no. 4.