Social class gets a comic twist in playwright Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House. Depicting a housekeeper who wants to be a comedian, her indulgent, married employers, and the employer’s housework-loving sister who takes over, the play quickly ramps up when the husband announces a cancer patient he’s treated is actually his soulmate. It’s a clever set-up for Madison Theatre Guild, and one that becomes unexpectedly moving as the play goes on.

At the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at 608-661-9696 or

Nov. 6 to 20

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