Monday, April 25, 2011

Ruhl's "The Clean House" to Benefit Oddfellows

With a New Name and a Newly Refurbished Theater, MST Bids Welcome to a Full House

CANTON, Conn., – The Market Street Theater will present “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl on May 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20 at 8 p.m. A special Mother's Day matinee will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Proceeds from the matinee will benefit the Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, which suffered severe snow- and ice-related damage earlier this year. All performances will be in the newly refurbished auditorium at the Canton Town Hall, 4 Market Street, in Collinsville.

“The Clean House” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. According to the New York Times, “The Clean House, a fresh, funny play by the talented Sarah Ruhl, breathes life into the phrase ‘romantic comedy’. It is not, by any means, a traditional boy-meets-girl story. In fact, disease, death and dirt are among the subjects it addresses. This comedy is romantic, deeply so, but also visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling, maybe a little nuts. [It] is imbued with a melancholy but somehow comforting philosophy: that the messes and disappointments of life are as much a part of its beauty as romantic love and chocolate ice cream, and a perfect punch line can be as sublime as the most wrenchingly lovely aria.”

The play will be directed by Market Street Theater's artistic director, Nine Dechamps, of Avon. The cast includes Angie Joachim (Canton); Tony Palmieri (Middletown); Terri D'Arcangelo (Cromwell); Joan Duquette-Aresco (Wallingford) and Kristin Flyntz (West Granby).

Tickets for "The Clean House" are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance via email at

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