... Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic ... Quickview. “The Clean House” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and is one of Sarah Ruhl’s most beloved plays. She exits. Award winning playwright Sarah Ruhl reminds us what’s important in life, and that humor and beauty still enchant in the most unlikely places. Other international productions include: The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (2008); the Espace Libre theatre (Montreal) in French (2008); Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand (2009). Lane enters. She tries to tell Lane a joke, but as it is in Portuguese, Lane can't understand it. She wears white. It was directed by Samuel West. It is about a husband who is a doctor and falls in love with his patient. 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 like the simplicity of the comedy … Conflict and comedy weave a whimsical tale about cleaning, relationships and finding the perfect apple. A joke he took one year to make up, for the anniversary of their marriage. We touched briefly on Ruhl in my Theatre class and for a class or two in my playwriting class. It was said that my father was the funniest man in his village. People who give up the privilege of cleaning their own houses—they’re insane people.Â. I was the third funniest person in my family. You sound like a very interesting woman. , 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. White couch, white vase, white lamp, white rug. We took her to the hospital and I had her medicated and she Still Wouldn’t Clean. MATILDE: The Clean House - PDA Presentation 1. Â. 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. A romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. At an important hospital. The play then deposits the characters back to where act 1 ended, as Ana and Charles are let into the house awkwardly. They laughed like hyenas. VIRGINIA: The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Clean House By Sarah Ruhl 2. Matilde, Lane’s cleaning lady, a woman in her late twenties.She wears black. They laugh until laughing makes them kiss. MATILDE: Matilde watches. That just popped out! A full list of Sarah Ruhl's plays. 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. He is child like underneath his white coat. LANE: 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. They are dancing. Ana, after learning Matilde was just fired by Lane, offers for Matilde to come and clean their house. They kiss until kissing makes them laugh.Â. 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. 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. LANE: 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. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Clean House and Other Plays. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.. at the Goodman Theatre from April to June 2006; the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C. from July 11 to August 14, 2005, the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Virginia (2008) and Portland Stage Company, Portland, Oregon (2009). I studied humor. Dramatic Comedy / 5m, 2f / Unit Set In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. They are not the best dancers in the world. MATILDE: Complete summary of Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House. Matilde sobs, and upon hearing the noise, Lane and Virginia come back into the room. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Clean 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. She is followed by Virginia, Lane's older sister, a housewife, who argues that people who do not clean their own homes are insane. That’s very interesting. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. Eurydice. My sister is a wonderful person. A romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. It was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004, was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has been produced at major theatres nationwide. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Clean House and Other Plays - Ebook written by Sarah Ruhl. I was a student. 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 … In the first Act she plays Matilde’s mother. Â I’m sorry, but I did not go to medical school to clean my own house. Once connected, though, you commune warmly with her funny and compassionate sense of life's metamorphosing rewards and punishments. My sister has given up the privilege of cleaning her own house. My parents were the funniest people in Brazil And then they died. Something deeply personal—she has given up. Winner of the 2003-2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Winner, and 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Finalist. —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. And she wouldn’t! 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. And I don’t want an interesting person to clean my house. Listen. I’ve always wondered how one hospital can be more important than another hospital. If you do not clean: how do you know if you’ve made any progress in life? Available for purchase and/or licensing at: She is Argentinean. She has a refined sense of deadpan. Ruhl's writing is easy to follow, and I love the simplicity of her writing. A compassionate surgeon. ", The Clean House had its world premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Connecticut, from September 17 to October 9, 2004, directed by Bill Rauch.. Page 1 of 9 Posted by marlenaeckel December 25, 2019 March 13, 2020 Posted in Comedy, Medium, Men, Monologue, Short, Women Tags: Monologue, Monologues, Theatre. 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. 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. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. " At the end of 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine named the New York production one of the top ten theatrical attractions of the year. Lane allows Ana to move in with her while Charles is away. I understand that you have a life, an emotional life—and that you are also my cleaning lady. 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. She is Brazilian. Virginia then enters to tell the two that Charles and Ana are at the door. The doctors couldn’t explain it. LANE: MATILDE: Ana's condition, however, quickly worsens, and unwilling to have cancer beat her, she asks Matilde to kill her with a joke. I want you to do all the things I want you to do without my having to tell you. Matilde manages to convince Lane to visit Ana in a medical capacity. ». I was like: clean my house! 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. Virginia, Lane’s sister, a woman in her late fifties. Ana and Charles transform back into her parents and there is a moment of completion between the three of them. 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. The only problem is that the maid, Matilde, hates to clean. That is progress. I know when there is dust on the mirror. This number may be changed from production to production if need be. They are places for human waste. I don’t—always--understand the arts. Nurse—would you polish the silver, please. 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. My cleaning lady—from Brazil—decided that she was depressed one day and stopped cleaning my house. The Clean Housewas Sarah Ruhl’s first play to garner significant national attention. 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. Matilde, a brazilian woman, wants to be a comedian and moves to the US after her parents die. They dance. Matilde comes out first, telling an elaborate joke in Portuguese, without translation. Nurse: polish the silver. My mother was old for a mother. This allowed them to compete at the provincial level, where they won "Outstanding Festival Production" at the Theatre Ontario Festival (2015). Matilde reluctantly agrees. No, it’s just that—I don’t like giving orders in my own home. The Clean House is a play by Sarah Ruhl. The Theatre Sarnia production won the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) Festival as Best Production. While Lane is at work, Virginia comes to visit Matilde, having heard about her depression. The blue background you see is a close-up of a tile from a production of Eurydice at Second Stage, This is how I imagine my parents. Matilde has come full circle with her parents, from death back to birth, finding finality and closure in the moment. ", 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.". Clean House is the first and my favorite. Matilde, now being fought over by the two women, decides to split her time between both of their houses. 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. Charles, Lane’s husband, a man in his fifties. She’s a doctor. Lane deduces that Virginia has been cleaning the house instead of Matilde. Lane watches her for a moment, then exits. The play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedienne. 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. While standing alone on Ana's balcony, Matilde discovers her 'perfect joke' and realizes that it did not kill her after all. The act ends with Charles calling to Lane from offstage. Ana, a woman who is older than Lane*. My mother died last year. We can tell she is telling a joke even though we might not understand the language. The man's function is to fall in … Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Then I remove the dust. There was no one left to laugh at my jokes, so I left. MATILDE: This is difficult for me. A white living room. It would kill her, she said, to have to spend her days laughing at jokes that were not funny.Â. Lane, taking her aggression out on Ana, argues that she relies on Matilde and couldn't bear to part with her. Places to put dead bodies. Playwright Sarah Ruhl constructs The Clean House in an intriguing way. 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. MATILDE: She was laughing at one of my father’s jokes. 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.". It is here that Charles returns with his tree. I’ve never had a live-in maid. Among her most popular plays are Eurydice (2003), The Clean House (2004), and In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (2009). 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. All of these things, she fails to know. Charles, Ana, and Matilde leave to go apple picking. Ana and Matilde are agents of change, and after encountering them Lane and Virginia will never be the same. She wears black.Â She is Brazilian. Paperback (New Edition) $ 10.95. 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. 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. Matilde. " Other publications, such as The Village Voice and The New Yorker were more critical, writing about the play's style and its treatment of Matilde. Lane meets him at the door, where she lets him know what happened and forgives him. This article is about the play. She does not know if her husband is sleeping with a prostitute because she does not smell his dirty underwear. 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