Matilde watches. She finishes the joke. Or, a house that is not far from the city and not far from the sea. "[14] At the end of 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine named the New York production one of the top ten theatrical attractions of the year. The play has been produced in many regional theaters, such as at the South Coast Repertory in its West Coast premiere from January 29, 2005 to February 27;[3] Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Once connected, though, you commune warmly with her funny and compassionate sense of life's metamorphosing rewards and punishments. Matilde comes out first, telling an elaborate joke in Portuguese, without translation. The Clean House By Sarah Ruhl 2. I loved the show so much I suggested one of the monologues to one of my actress friends. This is how I imagine my parents. I’ve never had a live-in maid. She is followed by Virginia, Lane's older sister, a housewife, who argues that people who do not clean their own homes are insane. I was like: clean my house! Matilde, Lane’s cleaning lady, a woman in her late twenties.She wears black. The play's action happens among the women. For the television show, see, "Ruhl Rules as World Premiere Comedy 'Clean House' Opens at Yale Rep, Sept. 23", "Ruhl's Popular The Clean House Opens Oct. 30 at Lincoln Center Theater", "Theater Review.  Lane, a doctor, a woman in her early fifties. The Clean House. Sarah Ruhl, the author of “Eurydice” and “The Clean House.” Credit... Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times "[13] Other publications, such as The Village Voice and The New Yorker[14] were more critical, writing about the play's style and its treatment of Matilde. I really enjoyed Clean House! She has a refined sense of deadpan. Matilde, Lane’s cleaning lady, a woman in her late twenties. The story of my parents is this. Her stage directions are also great, something that Ruhl is famous for. The play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedienne. Lane deduces that Virginia has been cleaning the house instead of Matilde. Lane and Matilde are still trying to work out their situation, especially since Lane feels uncomfortable having to order Matilde around and Matilde does not seem to be cleaning. But if I were to die at any moment during the day, no one would have to clean my kitchen. Sarah Ruhl received the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 for her play The Clean House, which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Two of her plays have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and she received a nomination for Tony Award for Be… Right before Matilde's departure, she sees Lane's imagined idea of Charles and his lover. I’ve always wondered how one hospital can be more important than another hospital. ", The Clean House had its world premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Connecticut, from September 17 to October 9, 2004, directed by Bill Rauch.[1][2]. MATILDE: Charles, Ana, and Matilde leave to go apple picking. The play was produced at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England in April 2006, (European Premiere) and at Northampton's Royal & Derngate theatres in February 2008 and then on a UK tour. MATILDE: We touched briefly on Ruhl in my Theatre class and for a class or two in my playwriting class. at the Goodman Theatre from April to June 2006;[4] the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C. from July 11 to August 14, 2005,[5][6] the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Virginia (2008) and Portland Stage Company, Portland, Oregon (2009). The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather perfect her stand-up routine than clean the house. It had its debut in 2004, at the Yale Repertory Theatre and was staged Off-Broadway in 2006. THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl In an imperfect world, the best solution is to laugh. Ana, after learning Matilde was just fired by Lane, offers for Matilde to come and clean their house. While at Ana's home, Lane examines Ana with an air of coldness before breaking down and yelling at her for making Charles love her in a way he never loved Lane. Other international productions include: The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (2008); the Espace Libre theatre (Montreal) in French (2008); Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand (2009). Matilde reluctantly agrees. Lane fires Matilde. She tells them that Charles, frantic for his lover's health, has gone to Alaska to cut down a Yew tree, which supposedly has healing powers. The play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedienne. I don’t like to order people around. “The Clean House” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and is one of Sarah Ruhl’s most beloved plays. If I met you at—say—a party—and you said, I am from a small village in Brazil, and my parents were comedians, I would say: that’s very interesting. Award winning playwright Sarah Ruhl reminds us what’s important in life, and that humor and beauty still enchant in the most unlikely places. Nurse—would you polish the silver, please. Â. —Sarah Ruhl and her plays remind us to be ten once more and play, to wonder if stones have thoughts as in Eurydice, if cell phones are portals to the afterlife as in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and if jokes in other languages were funny enough to kill you as in The Clean House. Virginia then enters to tell the two that Charles and Ana are at the door. My mother was old for a mother. I’m being serious too. Nurse: polish the silver. If it were not for dust I think I would die. Sarah Ruhl (born January 24, 1974) is an American playwright, professor, and essayist. MATILDE: 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 was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[15][16]. Charles performs surgery on Ana and then they act out the scene where they meet for the first time and fall in love in a matter of moments. My mother died last year. My cleaning lady—from Brazil—decided that she was depressed one day and stopped cleaning my house. MATILDE: It was said that my father was the funniest man in his village. You know—jokes. directed by Les Waters and designed by Scott Bradley. Winner of the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a Pulitzer finalist, The Clean House reminds us that there is humor and beauty to be found in life’s most unlikely messes. See all … This allowed them to compete at the provincial level, where they won "Outstanding Festival Production" at the Theatre Ontario Festival (2015). Matilde and Ana converse in Portuguese and Spanish on Ana's balcony, eating apples and throwing them into the 'sea,' which also happens to be Lane's living room. Matilde, a brazilian woman, wants to be a comedian and moves to the US after her parents die. It would kill her, she said, to have to spend her days laughing at jokes that were not funny.Â. Matilde gets out silver polish and begins polishing. Their suspicions are confirmed when Lane tells them that Charles has left her for an older woman named Ana, a patient of his who had breast cancer and is now recovering from a mastectomy. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. I like the simplicity of the comedy … by Sarah Ruhl Romantic Comedy – The whimsical tale of a Brazilian maid who would rather be a comedian. The doctors couldn’t explain it. Virginia, Lane’s sister, a woman in her late fifties. My sister is a wonderful person. A compassionate surgeon. A serious career-oriented doctor, Lane, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid. The Clean House won the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize,[1] awarded annually to the best English-language play written by a woman. Three characters address the audience. Ruhl’s The Clean House is honestly one of my favorite pieces of contemporary theatre.  I’m sorry, but I did not go to medical school to clean my own house. Lane watches her for a moment, then exits. The play then deposits the characters back to where act 1 ended, as Ana and Charles are let into the house awkwardly. I just want my house—cleaned. Matilde ends the play imagining her mother laughing as she gave birth to her. A romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. ». They kiss until kissing makes them laugh.Â. And while I can't say Theatre Memphis' production of Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House "kills," exactly, it may stab you in the heart repeatedly with a scalpel. They laughed like hyenas. Conflict and comedy weave a whimsical tale about cleaning, relationships and finding the perfect apple. We took her to the hospital and I had her medicated and she Still Wouldn’t Clean. item 6 The Clean House by Ruhl, Sarah (Paperback) - The Clean House by Ruhl, Sarah (Paperback) $14.95 +$3.99 shipping. Ana and Matilde bond immediately. She does not know if her husband is sleeping with a prostitute because she does not smell his dirty underwear. Even when they made love they laughed like hyenas. Always Ready With a Joke, if Not a Feather Duster", "John Patrick Shanley's 'Doubt' Wins 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Clean_House&oldid=980245363, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 September 2020, at 12:09. Matilde manages to convince Lane to visit Ana in a medical capacity. Lane, taking her aggression out on Ana, argues that she relies on Matilde and couldn't bear to part with her. The act ends with Charles calling to Lane from offstage. Do you tell the nurses at the hospital what to do? It is here that Charles returns with his tree. Don’t misunderstand me—I’m an educated woman. The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. We have never been apart since the day we met, because I always wanted to know the next joke.Â, My mother and father did not look into each other’s eyes. Amazon.com The Drama Bookshop Samuel French. Paperback (New Edition) $ 10.95. People who give up the privilege of cleaning their own houses—they’re insane people.Â. All of these things, she fails to know. Hilton Als, in The New Yorker, wrote of the "lazy romanticism about the proletariat, for whom she seems to have no real feeling at all. [7] Directed by Bill Rauch, the cast featured Blair Brown (Lane), Jill Clayburgh (Virginia), John Dossett (Charles/Mathilde's father), Concetta Tomei (Ana/Mathilde's mother), and Vanessa Aspillaga (Mathilde).[6][8]. Then my parents died, making me the first funniest. The play premiered Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on October 29, 2006 in a limited run to January 28, 2007. You’re right. Dramatic Comedy / 5m, 2f / Unit Set In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Matilde explains that she doesn't like to clean and Virginia offers to clean the house for her every day before Lane comes home from the hospital. They are places for human waste. They are not the best dancers in the world.  *Ana is named as sixty-seven within the dialogue. She is impossibly charismatic. Matilde is looking out the window. THE CLEAN HOUSE was produced at the Goodman Theatre (Robert Falls, Artistic Director; Roche Schulfer, Executive Director) in Chicago on May 9, 2006. MATILDE: A joke he took one year to make up, for the anniversary of their marriage. LANE: Lane meets him at the door, where she lets him know what happened and forgives him. Sarah Ruhl received the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 for her play "The Clean House," which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Lane doesn't know how to react, though she is clearly upset and bitter about the turn of events. Ruhl's writing is easy to follow, and I love the simplicity of her writing. She does not know how long it takes the dust to accumulate under her bed. MATILDE: A serious career-oriented doctor, Lane, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid. This article is about the play. And—in the meantime—I’ve been cleaning my house! Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Clean House and Other Plays. She wears black.  She is Brazilian. Charles, Lane’s husband, a man in his fifties. I know when there is dust on the mirror. I’m not a morbid person. Playwright Sarah Ruhl constructs The Clean House in an intriguing way. What is it about? 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. This funky comedy comfortably resides at B Street Theatre, home of eccentric new works. The Sheffield production featured Patricia Hodge (Lane) and Eleanor Bron (Ana/Mathilde's mother). The blue background you see is a close-up of a tile from a production of Eurydice at Second Stage, June 28 – October 22, 2018. That’s very interesting. MATILDE: Matilde and Virginia discover panties in Lane's laundry that look too sexy for her and begin suspecting her husband Charles, also a doctor, is cheating on her. My sister has given up the privilege of cleaning her own house. Ana and Matilde are agents of change, and after encountering them Lane and Virginia will never be the same. And I have met you in the context of my house, where I have hired you to clean. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. by Sarah Ruhl. And the jokes would really work better in English. Portland Stage Company presents The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, September 24 - October 13, 2019. LANE: He is child like underneath his white coat. She is Argentinean. My cleaning lady—from Brazil—decided that she was depressed one day and stopped cleaning my house. Matilde—what did you do in your country before you came to the United States? In his review of The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, Hilton Als argues that Sarah Ruhl is being ignorant in her portrayal of Matilde, the maid in The Clean House. There was no one left to laugh at my jokes, so I left. The man's function is to fall in … We took her to the hospital and I had her medicated and she Still Wouldn’t Clean. Ana's condition, however, quickly worsens, and unwilling to have cancer beat her, she asks Matilde to kill her with a joke. Available for purchase and/or licensing at: item 7 Clean House, The, Like New Used, Free shipping in the US - Clean House, The, Like New Used, Free shipping in the US. Peter Marks, reviewing the 2005 Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, DC) production, wrote: "As with most original voices, it takes a while to tune into Ruhl's wavelength. The Clean House 94. by Sarah Ruhl. Eurydice. He did not marry until he was sixty-three because he did not want to marry a woman who was not funny. At an important hospital. The next morning, she tells Ana her perfect joke. She is Brazilian. A full list of Sarah Ruhl's plays. [10], It has received positive reviews from some critics: David Rooney, the Variety reviewer 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. You sound like a very interesting woman. She tries to tell Lane a joke, but as it is in Portuguese, Lane can't understand it. It was directed by Samuel West. This book contains four plays by the talented Sarah Ruhl. They dance. "[11], Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote that the play is "...a gorgeous production that fully taps its tart humor, theatrical audacity and emotional richness... Sociology is just one small thread in the multihued tapestry of “The Clean House,” a play that keeps revealing surprising insights, whimsical images and layers of rich feeling as it goes along."[12]. If you do not clean: how do you know if you’ve made any progress in life? I was a student. The Clean House is a play by Sarah Ruhl. He hands her the tree as he goes to approach the body. She wears white. A romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. Charles wants her to fight her cancer more aggressively, with Ana refusing to subject herself to more hospitals. Clean House is the first and my favorite. It makes me--uncomfortable. Charles tells Lane that Ana is his Bashert (soul mate) and that, according to Jewish law (although neither he nor Lane is Jewish), this means that their marriage is dissolved. A balcony. The only problem is that the maid, Matilde, hates to clean. He asks her to wait as he learns to fly a plane himself. LANE: Then I remove the dust. In the first Act she plays Matilde’s mother. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Posted by marlenaeckel December 25, 2019 March 13, 2020 Posted in Comedy, Medium, Men, Monologue, Short, Women Tags: Monologue, Monologues, Theatre. It was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004, was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has been produced at major theatres nationwide. Winner of the 2003-2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Winner, and 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Finalist. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Clean House. The Clean House and Other Plays - Ebook written by Sarah Ruhl. We can tell she is telling a joke even though we might not understand the language. He said he would wait until he met his match in wit.Â, And then one day he met my mother. Matilde, now being fought over by the two women, decides to split her time between both of their houses. The last line of the play is Matilde's as she tells the audience: "I think heaven is a sea of untranslatable jokes, except everyone is laughing. That just popped out! Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House" is a rich, ruminative work about the big themes of love, life and death from a young playwright with an original and audacious voice. They kiss until kissing makes them laugh. Ana, a woman who is older than Lane*. The director, Joanne Gordon, noted that Ruhl "...presents a female perspective with wit, with humor, with subtlety, and the element which I enjoy so much about her work... it possess that kind of Latin magic - realism."[9]. They are dancing. She tries to laugh, but just ends up crying. He specifically says that in her portrayal of a latina Woman, who is supposed to be Brazilian, she does it as a stereotypical latina woman. I want you to do all the things I want you to do without my having to tell you. It is about a husband who is a doctor and falls in love with his patient. Everyone in this play should be able to tell a really good joke. She’s a doctor. Ana and Charles fight over her going back to the hospital. Have you ever heard the expression ‘I almost died laughing?’ Well that’s what she did. I wear black because I am in mourning. Something deeply personal—she has given up. Virginia says a prayer over the body. As time passes, Charles sends a telegram, telling Ana that he has found a tree, but cannot get it onto a plane. It is a romantic comedy about a Brazilian cleaning woman, named Matilde, who wants to become a comedian. The Theatre Sarnia production won the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) Festival as Best Production. And she wouldn’t! And I don’t want an interesting person to clean my house. Complete summary of Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House. A romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House feels like it’s been thoroughly scrubbed of human ambiguity. Matilde has come full circle with her parents, from death back to birth, finding finality and closure in the moment. Lane enters. I don’t—always--understand the arts. Most of all, it has tremendous compassion....It’s her skill at weaving together the jagged edges of conflicting lives — finding common ground between 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. While Lane is at work, Virginia comes to visit Matilde, having heard about her depression. Sarah Ruhl 2003-2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Winner, 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Finalist. They argued, they said she choked on her own spit, but they don’t really know. A doctor does not say: Nurse—would you polish the silver, please. Listen. A metaphysical Connecticut. Both actors revived these roles for Northampton and UK tour, directed by John Dove. While standing alone on Ana's balcony, Matilde discovers her 'perfect joke' and realizes that it did not kill her after all. I understand that you have a life, an emotional life—and that you are also my cleaning lady. This number may be changed from production to production if need be. The second act begins with Ana, a free-spirited Argentine, and Charles, who are the same actors who have been playing Matilde's parents during act 1. As Matilde whispers in Ana's ear, beautiful music plays over the audience and Ana laughs until she dies in Matilde's arms. $20.00. Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House is on its way to becoming one of America's most produced plays this season -- in addition to this fall's expected Broadway engagement at … Page 1 of 9     Would you please clean the bathroom when you get a chance?Â. And so I came here, to clean this house. A white living room. They laugh until laughing makes them kiss. They laugh until laughing makes them kiss. I love dust. Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? Matilde finally comes back to tell the audience, this time in English, about how her parents, both wonderful comedians, recently died. No, it’s just that—I don’t like giving orders in my own home. If there were no dust to clean then there would be so much leisure time and so much thinking time and I would have to do something besides thinking and that thing might be to slit my wrists. The 2005/2006 Season production of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, directed by Jessica Thebus, at Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. It was produced at California Repertory Company (2015) in Long Beach, California. She exits. The Clean House - PDA Presentation 1. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. LANE: Matilde watches as the two react to Ana's illness in their separate ways. White couch, white vase, white lamp, white rug. Lane allows Ana to move in with her while Charles is away. Free shipping. LANE: The two women share a moment, and Lane manages to forgive Ana. Meanwhile, back at Lane's house, she and her sister fight, with Lane taking out her frustration over the situation on Virginia's obsessive cleaning. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright in mid-career. Matilde sobs, and upon hearing the noise, Lane and Virginia come back into the room. To be childish, to be childlike — to be ten! She refused many proposals. VIRGINIA: ... Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic ... Quickview. Matilde tells a long joke in Portuguese to the audience.  And—in the meantime—I’ve been cleaning my house! She was laughing at one of my father’s jokes. CHARACTERS: Lane, a doctor, a woman in her early fifties.She wears white. The Clean Housewas Sarah Ruhl’s first play to garner significant national attention. Soon, Matilde arrives back at Lane's home with news that Ana's cancer has come back and that she refuses to go to a hospital. Ana and Charles transform back into her parents and there is a moment of completion between the three of them. «     And yet thanks to the alchemical imagination of Sarah Ruhl, the gifted author of “The Clean House,” this strange grab bag of ideas and images, … In the first Act, Charles plays Matilde’s father. When my mother died laughing, my father shot himself. I studied humor. My favorite character is Lane. The dust always makes progress. I was the third funniest person in my family. Matilde. Not knowing what to do with herself, Matilde came to America to clean this house. He used to say: your mother—and he would take a long pause— (Matilde takes a long pause)—is funnier than I am. That is progress. 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. This is difficult for me. My parents were the funniest people in Brazil And then they died. Places to put dead bodies. 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