Our next production is Sarah Ruhl’s play “In The Next Room” or “The Vibrator Play”. It deals charmingly, tastefully and very humorously with the medical treatment of “hysteria” in the Victorian era. Hysteria was seen to be a build of “excess pressure on the womb” causing various physical and psychological symptoms. These symptoms could be relieved by strategically applying an electrical vibrating device until the woman experienced a “paroxysm” and the hysterical symptoms were cured- at least until the next scheduled treatment!
The play follows the story of Dr. Givings and his wife. Dr. Givings runs a treatment centre devoted to treating any number of hysterical symptoms. Thanks to his magnificent collection of vibrating devices, things go swimmingly for the young doctor until his wife decides that she wants to try the treatment for herself.
“In The Next Room” is a sweet and thoughtful comedy about love, science and the struggle to communicate. And vibrators.
A friendly warning: The play deals frankly with sexual topics. Viewer discretion is advised.
Dates: April 2nd to 5th 8:00PM