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In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)



Reading. Is. Fun(damental). Sometimes, however, it's hard to finish a whole book when you are used to only reading loglines on Netflix. But I have found a solution that fuels my inner theatre fire AND allows me to be a lazy lump: read plays. What a concept!


First on the list: In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl. The play premiered in 2009 and earned three Tony nominations the following year (Best Play, Best Costume Design, Best Featured Actress).


In The Next Room is set in the 1880s at the start of the electrical age. It's a story about Mrs. Givings - a wife and mother - whose husband is a doctor who uses - that's right - vibrators to treat "hysterical" patients!


Sarah Ruhl sets the story in two side-by-side rooms in the Givings' home. On one side, the doctor's office, on the other side, the living room. Patients are treated, secrets are revealed, fidelity is broken, friendships bloom, a baby is fed, music plays and lights (among other things) are turned on.


I highly recommend this play to fans of period comedies, dark humor, sex, and women's personal lives.



These posters were designed by me with fictional information for a hypothetical production of this play.

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