The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl
A powerful, dramatic and magical romantic comedy
September 19th – October 6th 2019
Performing at Krudttønden, in English
“Would anybody like to hear a joke?”
Brazilian comedienne Matilde, a sassy young Latina newly arrived in the U.S. finds unsurprisingly no one will pay to hear her rural jokes in Portuguese. Instead she must clean for the upper classes – specifically the unhappily married careerwoman Doctor Lane – and also cope with the arrival of Lane’s fetish cleaner-sister, Virginia.
While Matilde tries to think up the world’s best joke – in Portuguese! – instead of cleaning, she waits for better things to come , hopes to meet a soulmate, and ponders what makes ultimately a good deathbed scene?
Meanwhile Matilde’s new employer’s household crumbles hilariously around them, with the arrival of the husband’s mistress. Charles is another highly successful surgeon and his mistress Ana, Lane’s mysterious Argentinian rival, is interestingly, her husband’s patient.
Apples fall, hearts are broken. Matilde finds cleaning makes her sad, but it is nothing compared to the sadness of finding your soulmate and then letting them go, in a world where we are all apparently, outsiders looking in.
Funny, tender and emotionally rich, this is a hugely entertaining 2005 Pulitzer finalist play about the chaos of marriage, life and falling in love. With magical realism and romantic cliché, it ultimately finds humour even in sorrow.
Cast: Jens Blegaa, Isabel Escudero Zorde, Vanessa Poole, Jana Pulkrabek, Tina Robinson
Director: Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen
Set Design: Jonathon Perry
Light & Sounddesign: Paul Damade
Written by: Sarah Ruhl
Produced by Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre & Manusarts
The Clean House is a HIT production, a collaboration between Down the Rabbit Hole and Manusarts.
(Photo credit: Filip Misiak Orestes)
With a highly experienced cast, HIT ensemble regulars and the fresh face of Isabel Escudero Zorde as Matilde.
This Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist play from 2004 written in English comes highly recommended, not only for theatre-lovers of all kinds but also for lovers and speakers of Portuguese.
Yale-based playwright Sarah Ruhl is a new, highly respected and very important award-winning contemporary American playwright , whose writing has taken the American theatre world by storm, especially with this much-loved play. The Clean House was her breakthrough piece and has been produced throughout Britain and north America but never in English in Scandinavia. Don’t miss this rare, beautiful and tender piece of comedic drama about loving, living and dying.
Serridslevvej 2, 2100
September 19th – October 6th.
Tuesday – Saturday at 20:00
Sunday at 17:00
(Mondays no show)
“The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
STILL AVAILABLE ON TOUR:
The Urban Hunt – by Malte Frid-Nielsen, available in English and Danish. One city-dweller’s powerful, touching and funny journey into foraging for survival in the urban desert of life. A tour de force by Malte of physical and text-based theatre.
Elsie and Norm’s MacBeth – hilarious British comedy and 26 costume changes. Shakespheare as you’ve never seen it in the living room of a sweet little Yorkshire couple determined to give the Bard his due over beans on toast! With brilliant performances that will have you in fits.
Down the Rabbit Hole Productions at House of International Theatre