Friday, November 20, 2009

A play we'll probably never see in Charlotte: In The Next Room, or the vibrator play

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I, like most women, love vibrators.

I, like most women, don't really think about when these glorious items were invented or why.

But I am somewhat of a nerd, and I like to know how and why things work. Thank you playwright Sarah Ruhl.

She wrote In The Next Room, or the vibrator play" and it's on stage in New York right now. The Broadway drama, which I have not seen but read about in Friday's New York Times, is about how women discovered the pleasure of stimulation down there.

Set in the 1880s, just after the advent of electricity, “In the Next Room” takes place in the adjoining parlor and consulting room of an upstanding physician, Dr. Givings (Michael Cerveris), who specializes in treating “hysteria” in women. A new patient, Mrs. Daldry (Maria Dizzia), exhibits all the disturbing symptoms of the condition. Sensitive to light and sound, and prone to headaches and weeping, she is ushered into Dr. Givings’s parlor by a concerned husband (Thomas Jay Ryan) who is relieved to hear a brisk diagnosis and assurances that after a few sessions of therapy his wife will be restored to full health.

I'd love to see this play — and since Charlotte art folks are always bringing Broadway to the Queen City, I wonder when we can see this on stage at the Blumenthal?

Probably never.

Actually not a chance in hell that we'll see this in Charlotte.

Remember 1996?

But I'm sure it's interesting to see, even it the New York Daily News says it's a buzz kill.

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