Goodman’s The Clean House

From June ’06 Spotlight: For something totally present tense, check out The Clean House at the Goodman. Sarah Ruhl’s play was nominated for a Pulitzer last year and while I found it flawed, the Wilmette native is definitely someone to watch. Ruhl’s protagonist is a woman named Lane; cool and reserved, Lane is a very proper WASPette who always wears white and likes things just so. Her nemesis is Ana: colorful, passionate, messy, and you guessed it, Jewish. The cast has great fun with Ruhl’s dialogue, which is cleverly constructed even though it lacks depth, but the real star is Todd Rosenthal, who designed the sets.

The Clean House runs through June 4. To order tickets, call 312.443.3800 or visit the Goodman website.

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