PORTLAND – Mad Horse will present the Maine premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House,” a nominee for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, Jan. 22 to Feb. 8.

Lane, a successful doctor, is chagrined to discover that her Brazilian maid, Matilde, hates to clean and dreams of being a stand-up comedian. Virginia, Lane’s sister, loves to clean. Lane doesn’t have to clean. As Lane’s life slowly unravels, Matilde continues to search for the perfect joke. Illness, death, dirt and the quest for the perfect joke all play central roles in this story of uncommon romance and comedy.

“The Clean House” will feature company members Chris Horton and Tootie Van Reenen and guest artists Maureen Butler, Michele Livermore Wigton and Reba Short.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Studio Theater at Portland Stage Company, 25 A Forest Ave. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door; $2 discount for students and seniors.

For more information, call 730-2389 or visit www.madhorse.com

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