By : Sarah Ruhl
Directed by : May Adrales
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a fresh and funny new play about love, sex and marriage in the 19th century. It’s the 1880s and electricity is all the rage. In a quiet home office, a doctor experiments with a new instrument for treating “hysteria.” The device? A vibrator. In this genuinely touching, original, and wickedly funny play, Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) explores relationships and sexual fulfillment while managing to stay discreetly beneath the crisp white sheets of Victorian propriety.
"A must see." - The News House
"Very funny, sweetly tender play." - CNY Cafe Momus
"Thoughtfully written and artfully executed." - Cusetonight.com
“Every cast member is wonderfully accomplished.” - Syracuse Newtimes
"The play should leave you laughing and thanking God for Benjamin Franklin and the invention of electricity." - Green Room Reviews
INSIDE THE COSTUME SHOP
Actual medical treatments, as described in The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines, inspired writing this play.
“Things that seem impossibly strange in the play are all true—such as the Chattanooga Vibrator—and the vagaries of wet nursing,” said the playwright.
Yes, it’s about sexuality, but it’s just as much about intimacy and marriage.
Sarah Ruhl is a contemporary American playwright, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Recommended for mature audiences.
Approximately 2 hours 25 minutes
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