The Clean House

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The Clean House - Melbourne Theatre Company 2006

by Sarah Ruhl

The Clean House is a play by Sarah Ruhl, which premiered in 2004 at Yale Repertory Theatre, was produced Off-Broadway in 2006, and has since been produced in many theaters. The play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedienne. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

Three characters address the audience. Matilde comes out first, telling an elaborate joke in Portuguese, without translation. Next Lane, a doctor in her 50s, explains that Matilde, her Brazilian maid, is depressed and has been failing to clean her house and so she had her medicated. She is followed by Virginia, Lane's older sister, a housewife, who argues that people who do not clean their own homes are insane. Matilde finally comes back to tell the audience, this time in English, about how her parents, both wonderful comedians, recently died. Not knowing what to do with herself, Matilde came to America to clean this house.

The Clean House - MTC Julia Blake, Daniela Farinacci, Wendy Hughs, Pip Miller, Deidre Rubenstein

Director Kate Cherry
Designer Christina Smith
Lighting Jon Buswell
Stage Manager Tiffany Noack

Playbill / Program Date May - Jul 2006 Fairfax Studio

Size 150 x 240 mm 

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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