'Clean House' provokes emotions

Town Hall show offers humor, food for thought

Posted 1/18/15

There was a lot of humor as well as some thought-provoking moments during Town Hall Arts Center's performance of “The Clean House.”

Sarah Ruhl wrote the play in 2004 that is a romantic comedy revolving around a Brazilian hired as a cleaning …

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'Clean House' provokes emotions

Town Hall show offers humor, food for thought

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There was a lot of humor as well as some thought-provoking moments during Town Hall Arts Center's performance of “The Clean House.”

Sarah Ruhl wrote the play in 2004 that is a romantic comedy revolving around a Brazilian hired as a cleaning woman who would rather tell jokes than clean the house.

Several themes are intertwined with the adventures of the would-be comedian. Of course, there is humor but there other themes, including romance, a love triangle and even a bit of tragedy.

The role of the cleaning woman was tailor made for Brazilian-born Viviane Rinalde. She plays the role to perfection and her expressions, hand movements and body language manages to convey at least the essence of the jokes she told even though she told the jokes in Portuguese.

LuAnn Buckstein shines as she portrays Virginia. Her talents shine as she plays a woman with some off-beat ideas but who loves to clean houses and she introduces those quirky characteristics as interacts with the other actors, particularly Rinalde.

The play makes ample use of the creative lighting as well as stage technology that even includes an indoor snowstorm.

Each of the two acts contained humorous lines, some of them subtle as well as some surprises.
Cast members include Rinalde, Buckstein, Charla Mason Kelly as Lane, Nita Froelich as Ana and Daymon Caylo as Charles.

The Littleton venue's production of “The Clean House” is directed by Robert Wells.

Performances had to be canceled the first weekend of the play's run because of illness among members of the cast. So, two performances have been added to the play's schedule with a performance at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and a performance at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

Show times for “The Clean House” are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. There also will be shows at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. For show or ticket information, call Town Hall Arts Center at 303-794-2787, ext. 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before showtime.

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