This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. The Clean House is a play by Sarah Ruhl. It had its debut in 2004, at the Yale Repertory Theatre and was staged Off-Broadway in 2006. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is a romantic comedy about a Brazilian cleaning woman, named Matilde, who wants to become a comedian.