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The Clean House at King's

Actors, venue shine in this House

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Sometimes a play just speaks to you in the way you need to be spoken to, and as a woman, I’d say that Sarah Ruhl’s magical The Clean House does just that. It’s a funny—-no hysterical—-meditation on the meaning of love and the power of women. The King’s cast is truly phenomenal. Gabrielle Rekai radiates warmth and sensuality as the Brazilian housekeeper who’d rather tell jokes than clean. Her timing and accent are impeccable. Christine Wilson brings depth to frosty, over-achieving Lane, a character who could be one-dimensional in the wrong hands. (And is just me, or does Wilson have an uncanny resemblance to Julianne Moore?) Stephanie Haller gives a tour-de- force performance as the quirky, jerky Virginia, a woman with lots of hang-ups but a heart of gold. Actress Sophie Golets brings a grace and gravity to the role of the dying Ana. And while I at first thought that the lone male, Thomas Brosky, might prove to be the weak link, his Peter-Mansbridge-meets-matinee-idol delivery was actually quite charming and very funny. Bravo to director Bethany Hindmarsh for this beautiful production served up in an (almost) spiffy Pit.

When: Through Jan. 20, 8 p.m. and Through Jan. 23, 8 p.m.
Phone: 422-6011 ext. 102

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