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2008-10-01 03:00:15

Amusing, poignant, and sometimes illogical, playwright Sarah Ruhl's romantic comedy, "The Clean House," is a delicate balance of reality, the esoteric and the mystical. Reality is an actual historical reference to William Stewart Halstead, a prominent American surgeon credited with the invention of sterile surgical procedures and the surgical glove. Ruhl maneuvers this into an analogy for love. The esoteric is represented by one character's reference to bashert, the Jewish belief in one's...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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