“If you do not clean,” asks a character in The Playmakers’ upcoming production,  The Clean House, “how do you know if you’ve made any progress in life?”  

If you feel that any progress you had made was just taken to the cleaners in the current financial situation, then this upcoming Playmaker production may be just what you need:  a good laugh !

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl gets it Oklahoma premier beginning Tuesday, November 11 at The Playmakers, 121 W. 3rd St, in Grove.   A compassionate comedy by the 31 year old playwright, The Clean House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, and won the internationally coveted Susan Smith Blackburn Prize given for the best play written in English by a female playwright. 

The play is mostly about clean houses and messy lives. However, if you brush aside the real life comparisons and spray a fresh scent of fantasy here and there, you’ll experience a life-affirming journey complete with laughter.

Lane, a physician (Ivy Foster), wants her house clean and her life neatly ordered.  She hires a Brazilian maid, Matilde (Melissa Cantrell), who would rather be a comedian.  Lane’s surgeon husband Charles (Dr. Michael Foster), has fallen in love with a patient, Ana, (Sarah Kaufman) who just wants to celebrate life.  Virginia, Lane’s sister (Sandy McCabe) would love to clean up everyone else’s messes if they would just give her permission.  The Rev. Phil Lawrence, director, brings a shine to these unusual characters who at first resemble your standard, formula soap opera cast.  By play’s end, however, they are sympathetic and very human people.

Performances are November 11- 25.  Friday, Saturday and Tuesday performances begin at 7:30 pm.  Sundays are matinees at 2:00. 

For further information and necessary reservations, call 918-786-8950 or email 1groveplaymakers@sbcglobal.net  Adult tickets are $13.50 including tax; students (through 12th grade) are $6.75 including tax.  The Playmakers accept Visa/MC.   Reservations are required for “Pay What You Can Afford” tickets, available at most performances.

The suggested maturity level for this production is middle school and above.   This level is based on those who will be able to understand the play and find it enjoyable.

The Clean House is produced with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council,  the many Playmaker supporters, and in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.