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Cleanliness is Next to Something 

It’s a tale as old as time: Hardworking, husband-and-wife doctors Charles and Lane hire a Brazilian immigrant, Matilde, to clean their home. Matilde hates cleaning, however, (she fancies herself more of a comedian, as her parents were Brazil’s funniest duo) and subcontracts Lane’s cleanliness-obsessed sister, Virginia, to do the actual domestic work. And then there’s Charles’ mistress, Ana, who brings a surreal calm in her wake, even as she destroys Lane’s “perfect” marriage. Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House challenges the staid formula of “romantic comedy,” even as it delivers romance and comedy, as part of the Repertory Theatre St. Louis’ Studio Series. The Clean House opens at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, at the Emerson Studio Theatre at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org). Tickets are $32.50 to $50, and the play continues Tuesday through Sunday (October 24 through November 11).
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 24. Continues through Nov. 11, 2007

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