â€śPassionate. Show-stopping. Daringly over-the-top and impressively consistent in its delirious excess. The Clean House shines.â€ťâ€”New Haven Advocateâ€śThe Clean House is not, by any means, a traditional boy-meets-girl story. In fact disease, death, and dirt are among the subjects it addresses. This comedy is romantic, deeply so, but in the more arcane sense of the word: visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling, maybe a little nuts.â€ťâ€”The New York Timesâ€śTouching, inventive, invigoratingly compact, and luminously liquid, Eurydice reframes the ancient myth of ill-fated love to focus not on the bereaved musician but on his dead brideâ€”and on her struggle with love beyond the grave.â€ťâ€”San Francisco ChronicleThis volume is the first publication of Sarah Ruhl, â€śa playwright with a unique comic voice, perspective, and sense of theaterâ€ť (Variety), who is fast leaving her mark on the American stage. In the award-winning Clean Houseâ€”a play of uncommon romance and uncommon comedyâ€”a maid who hates cleaning dreams about creating the perfect joke, while a doctor who treats cancer leaves his heart inside one of his patients. This volume also includes Eurydice, Ruhlâ€™s reinvention of the tragic Greek tale of love and loss, together with a third play still to be named.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. Her play Eurydice has been produced at Madison Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
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