Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Comedy The Clean House in Long Beach
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The last date listed for The Clean House was Sunday September 19, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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The year is 1944, segregation in the U.S. is prevalent and World War II is in full swing. At Port… More
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This was my first trip to this nice venue, ICT in Long Beach. Not a bad seat in the house. The ensemble performances were outstanding.. not a weak link in the group. It was funny, touching, engaging, and surprising... I never knew quite what...continued
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“Fresh, funny…a memorable play…and a perfect punch line.”_ —New York Times._
Four markedly different, yet intimately connected women grapple with order, cleanliness, and the messy ambiguities of life in Sarah Rul’s Pulitzer Prize-Nominated comedy about love, loss and the power of a good joke.
This whimsical romantic comedy centers on Mathilde, a Brazilian housekeeper who’s more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in cleaning the house. Lane, the lady of the house has an eccentric sister who is nuts about housecleaning.
Playwright Sarah Ruhl once overheard a doctor at a party say, “My cleaning lady is depressed and won’t clean my house, so I took her to the hospital and had her medicated, and she still won’t clean.” Born out of this chance remark was Ruhl’s award-winning play, The Clean House.
“I like to see people speaking ordinary words in strange places, or people speaking extraordinary words in ordinary places,” explained Ruhl in an interview. “Luckily, I was raised by a family who put a premium on humor. A play without some sadness or a play without some humor, to me, doesn’t feel like life, I guess.”
Sarah Ruhl’s other plays include In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Glickman Prize, finalist for Pulitzer Prize, 2010); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play); _Demeter in the City _(nominated for nine NAACP awards); Eurydice; Melancholy Play; Orlando; a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters; and Passion Play (Kentucky Center Fourth Forum Freedom Award). Her plays have premiered at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway, and have been produced off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons and Second Stage. Regionally they’ve been seen at Berkeley Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, The Goodman Theater, Cornerstone Theater, Arena Stage, Wooly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse and the Piven Theater Workshop in Chicago, as well as being produced at many other theaters across the country. Her plays have also been performed in England, Poland, Germany, Israel, New Zealand and Australia, and have been translated into Spanish, Polish, Russian, Korean and Arabic.