The Clean House, a play by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Billy McEntee, BC senior and Theatre major, runs this weekend in the Bonn Studio, Robsham Theater (January 23-25, 7:30 p.m.). The Clean House is unique, engaging, funny, and delightfully eccentric. Ruhl’s characters teach us about life’s bigger issues within the framework of an everyday concern — the cleanliness of our house. It’s an effective metaphor: sometimes we manage to keep everything spotless, and sometimes trash is scattered all around the room.
Matilde is the energetic aspiring comedian from Brazil who came to America to work as a maid for Lane, the uptight doctor who is convinced her new maid is depressed. Virginia, Lane’s slightly disturbed yet well meaning sister, enters next, as well as a couple that can only be described as a (constantly dancing) representation of multiple identities that seamlessly piece all of the relationships in the play together. Some discover love as others are left heartbroken, and Matilde is ever in search of the perfect joke — for the most touching reason you never could have imagined.
The set of The Clean House is far more than mere backdrop or context; the modern, all white, minimalist living room goes through its own transformation as the character’s lives unfold in a climatic flurry (be prepared to dodge flying apples). Impressive performances from the Boston College students do justice to Ruhl’s subtle blend of comedy and pathos; they deliver jokes with just the right timing as well as tragic scenes less than a beat later.
Come watch BC students perform this dazzling story full of tragedy, romance, and humor — this is a one-of-a-kind performance you won’t want to miss.