Lane, a doctor, values order in every aspect of her life – her career, her house, her emotions, her relationships. Her live-in Brazilian maid Matilde finds cleaning makes her sad and yearns to be a stand-up comedian; while Lane’s sister Virginia finds solace in cleaning and secretly takes over Matilde’s duties.
When Lane’s husband, a surgeon, falls in love with a terminally-ill patient, everything that was clean and tidy for Lane is thrown into disarray, and she must turn to the women in her life to help sort out the mess.
Blending whimsical humour with wisdom and compassion, this romantic comedy about love, sex, death – and finding the perfect joke – proves that shared laughter can heal almost anything.
From the acclaimed writer of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) comes this award-winning celebration of the solidarity, practicality and emotional resilience of women.
Winner: 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (awarded annually for the best English-language play written by a woman)
Finalist: 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
“One of the finest and funniest plays you’re likely to see” ~ The New York Times