In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Jen Katz

February 22 – March 16
Matinees: March 3 and 10 at 2pm

A comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity, In the Next Room is set in the 1880s at the dawn of the electrical age. 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.

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