About This Event
Pygmalion Theatre Company
In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)
by Sarah Ruhl
May 3rd - 19th, 2012
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center-Leona Wagner Black Box
On sale: 8/26/2011 at 10am.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating "hysteria" in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter-and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new "hysterical" patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor's home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone. This laugh out loud, provocative and touching play premiered at Berkely Rep and subsequently marked Sarah Ruhl's Broadway debut opening at the Lyceum Theatre on November 19th, 2009. Winner! 2010 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area! "Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling...one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years...In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys - or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys - but for adults with open hearts and minds." -New York Times
Run time: 120 minutes with 10 minute intermission.
Mature audiences only. No babes in arms. All patrons must have a ticket regardless of age.
All ticket purchases are final, there are no exchanges or refunds.
There is a limit of eight (8) tickets per person on an internet transaction.
Seats will be grouped together in the number you request.
Recommended age for all performances is 8 years or older and no babes in arms unless otherwise specified.
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