In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)


May 12-22

 

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

A contemporary comedy by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Lisa Wilson

 

Doenges Theatre – Tulsa Performing Arts Center

2nd and Cincinnati

 

Friday, May 12 @ 8:00 PM

Adults $26

Students and Seniors $22

 

Saturday, May 13 @ 8:00 PM

Adults $26

Students and Seniors $22

 

Sunday, May 14 @ 2:00 PM

Adults $22

Students and Seniors $18

 

Thursday, May 18 @ 8:00 PM

Adults $22

Students and Seniors $18

 

Friday, May 19 @ 8:00 PM

Adults $26

Students and Seniors $22

 

Saturday, May 20 @ 8:00 PM

Adults $26

Students and Seniors $22

 

 

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.

 

REVIEWS

 

“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.” – The New York Times

 

“A play that’s smart, delicate and very, very funny!” – New York Post

 

“If Henrik Ibsen and Oscar Wilde had decided to collaborate on a post-modern drawing-room comedy, the hotsy-totsy twosome surely would have turned out something very much like Sarah Ruhl’s genuinely hysterical new work” – TheatreMania

 

“Sarah Ruhl, whose previous work I execrated, has written a smart, charming, iridescently funny-serious jewel…As Ruhl traces it with wit and insight, and without the slightest prurience, the birth of this new era gives rise to colorful events, astute psychological revelations and endearingly apt dialogue.” – Bloomberg

 

“The playwright mines her subject for suitably bawdy humor without resorting to vulgarity. But what really gives the work its distinction is its sensitive exploration of the physical and emotional repression suffered by the women of the era, which has yet to disappear entirely….The play beautifully balances its humor and pathos.” – Hollywood Reporter

 

In the Next Room is recommended for mature audiences and is being presented in the Doenges at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd and Cincinnati, from March 9-18.  Evening performances are at 8:00 PM and matinee performances at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $20 to $26.  For tickets call 918-596-7111 or go to MyTicketOffice.com

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