Tuesday, June 18, 2013
CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts present a staged reading of “The Clean House,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” is a comedy that takes place in the home of a married couple who are both doctors. They have hired a Brazilian housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian who’s more interested in writing the “perfect joke” than in house-cleaning.
While act one is full of comedy about cleaning, act two becomes about cleansing as it takes a poignant look at death and the true nature of love. The play taps into the drama of losing someone and, more importantly, the way comedy can soothe you when you lose someone that you love. The show is directed by Tom Burns.
“Clean House” will be presented on June 21-22 at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River. Tickets are $5 at the door and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
In staged readings, actors read from scripts, but employ some props, simple sets and interactive movement known as blocking.
“Clean House” concludes a series of four staged readings at CAST in the past year, including “Travesties” and “Glengarry Glenross.”
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge