So, Ed Siegel is reviewing The Clean House and, (like Louise Kennedy has intimated in the past,) she reveals that she thinks the play was deserving of the Pulitzer Prize:
There’s something awe-inspiring about watching an ensemble in which everyone is performing at the top of his or her game. The New England Patriots of the first half of the season come to mind — which makes that February 3 performance all the more painful.
But I have no painful memories associated with the New Repertory Theatre’s crack production of Sarah Ruhl’s 2005 Pulitzer finalist, The Clean House (through March 23). In fact, if the Pulitzer panel had seen this production, maybe Ruhl would have gotten the gold.
Great. But later in the review, Seigel has this to say though:
My one quibble with The Clean House is that it doesn’t stay with you as long as a great play should. This is the third time I’ve seen Ruhl’s work, and it’s always enjoyable to watch — never more so than in this incarnation — but not something I find myself thinking about much the next day.
I could say the same thing about The Bad News Bears with Walther Matthau, but I'm not sure I would suggest that maybe if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could have seen the remake with Billy Bob Thornton they might have nominated it for Best Picture. Although, Bears did win the Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay. And, well, Rocky won Best Picture that year. Darn, thought I was making a good point.