Pulitzer Prize finalist The Clean House is a wry romantic comedy that centers around Mathilde, a Brazilian-born live-in maid who'd rather be telling jokes than cleaning houses. Her employer, Lane, seems to have it all: a successful surgeon husband and her own busy career as a doctor. But things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface. The New York Times has called playwright Sara Ruhl "a provocative new theatrical voice" and The Clean House "visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling, maybe a little nuts." An entertaining tale about love, loss and the power of a good joke, this show sheds insightful light on characters searching for ever-elusive perfection. Laugh out loud (and learn something too) at Santa Paula Theater Center.