Matilde (pronounced Ma-chil-gee) has a problem: she's a cleaning lady who doesn't like to clean. She'd rather think up the perfect joke. Now that her parents (once the funniest people in Brazil) are dead--her mother died laughing--she is the funniest person in her family. Mathilde works for a doctor named Lane, who has a problem: Lane's husband Charles, a surgeon, has found his soul mate, and it's not Lane. It's Ana, a vibrant Argentinean woman, who is dying, and that is Charles's problem. Sarah Ruhl is an exceptional playwright and MacArthur Foundation Fellow whose work has garnered Pulitzer nominations and justified recognition from Broadway to theatres across the country. The Clean House is one of her best, a compassionate, theatrically bold, and emotionally rich comedy. The perfect joke is worth the wait.