Matilde is the child of the two funniest people in Brazil. She has gotten a job as a cleaning woman for an American doctor with no sense of humor - which doesn't really matter since all her jokes are in Portuguese anyway. And even though she's a complete failure at dusting, ironing and vacuuming, she is still a catalyst for cleaning up the lives of the people she meets.
The Clean House is a mischievously comic look at the dark secrets we sweep under the rug. This off-Broadway hit was written by Sarah Ruhl, who this year was a McArthur Genius Award-winner and is one of the brightest new playwriting talents of the American stage. The New York Times called it, "One of the finest and funniest new plays you're likely to see this season ... a play that keeps revealing surprising insights, whimsical images and layers of rich feeling as it goes along."