BarnArts production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl will be performed in The Grange Theatre
The Clean House
A romantic comedy about love, loss, change and redemption, The Clean House takes place in what the author describes as “metaphysical Connecticut,” mostly in the home of a married couple who are both doctors. They have hired a housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian from Brazil who’s more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning. Lane, the lady of the house, has an eccentric sister named Virginia who’s just nuts about house-cleaning. She and Matilde become fast friends, and Virginia takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble comes when Lane’s husband Charles reveals that he has found his soul mate, or “bashert” in a cancer patient named Ana, on whom he has operated.
The Clean House was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and is one of Sarah Ruhl’s most beloved plays. The play takes place in 'metaphysical Connecticut' – near NYC and near ‘the sea.’ Married doctors employ a Brazilian housekeeper, Matilde, who isn’t particularly interested in house cleaning, but prefers instead to focus on coming up with the perfect joke, meanwhile grieving her deceased parents. The particularities of Matilde overlap, with irony and gentleness, the privileged concerns and real struggles of her employers and those closest to them. The play touches on the interwoven humanity in loss and love and is ultimately a story of compassion (and the purpose of humor) told through the semi-surreal and playful perspective of Sarah Ruhl.
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