AUG 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, SEPT 1, 2 AT 7:30PM
“The Clean House” revolves around Matilde - a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian. Matilde has come to work as the live-in cleaning lady for Lane and Charles, a busy doctor/surgeon couple in “metaphysical Connecticut.” Consequently, Matilde hates to clean, claiming “it makes her depressed.” Matilde’s cleaning woes are soon resolved by Virginia, Lane’s sister, who is a “clean freak,” befriends Matilde, and proposes to clean in Matilde’s place, on the condition that Lane not know.
Charles, a surgeon and Lane, a medical doctor, from outside appearances, have the “perfect life”. Perfect jobs, perfect marriage, perfect house, nice “things,” but Matilde’s arrival exposes a couple that exists as cold strangers under one roof. It is not long before Charles is discovered to be having an affair, with Ana, one of Charles’ mastectomy patients who is much older than Charles.
“The Clean House” smartly and artfully comments on the ethics, morals, values, and judgment in contemporary America through the lens of a female, immigrant, domestic laborer’s world view.
David Rooney, reviewer for Variety wrote: “This funny, tender play has screwy poetry and penetrating wisdom, oddball humor, deadpan soap, operatic arias, fantasy, spirituality and a soaring sense of romance. Most of all, it has tremendous compassion … It’s her skill at weaving together the jagged edges of conflicting lives — finding common ground through neurotic sisters, rivals for the same man or just people with discordant attitudes to life — that makes Ruhl’s play as rewarding humanistically as it is theatrically.”
This cleverly crafted, fast-paced, live-action “telenovela” of sorts, achieves an artful blend of humor and heart. As, Matilde says,“life isn’t clean, it’s dirty, like a good joke.”
Tiffany Chandler, Kimberly Flowers, Katie Johnson, Camile Thomsen, and Randy Tolman round outthe cast of “The Clean House.” Tori Eldredge is the production stage manager and Camile Thomsen directs.
Performances of “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl will be held at the Old Town Actors Studio, by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., on August 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, September 1, and 2. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, and the doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each. To make reservations, call (208) 478-6886 and a volunteer will return your call to confirm your reservation.
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