"Casts a spell that had me hooked." - The New York Daily News
Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House, a romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, is both whimsical and touching.
A serious career-oriented doctor, Lane, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid. The only problem is that the maid, Matilde, hates to clean. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. Lane is deserted by her husband, Charles, who leaves her for his mistress, Ana, a passionate, older Brazilian woman upon whom he recently performed a mastectomy. Ruhl's enchanting play reminds us that there is humor and beauty to be found in life's most unlikely messes.
From some of the reviews:
"Fresh, funny ... a memorable play, imbued with a melancholy but somehow comforting philosophy: that the messes and disappointments of life are as much a part of its beauty as romantic love and chocolate ice cream, and a perfect punch line can be as sublime as the most wrenchingly lovely aria." - The New York Times
"Mischievously funny and whimsical (in a good way), The Clean House is an exceptionally wise and well-crafted comedy." - The Sydney Morning Herald