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3426 Star Starred
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
617-266-0800
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 22 members
Review from Alex

Don't be a prude or shy when you see this one. It's comical and sexy.
Beware of the sexual overtones regarding the use of the "ladies stimulator". There is full male nudity toward the end.

reviewed Sep 22 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from JeffS

I had wanted to go to this play when I was visiting NY a while back, but other activities got in the way. So I was happy to see it was coming to Boston. And I was not, for the most part, disappointed. I thought the play itself was perhaps 10 or...continued

reviewed Sep 26 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from richard rosenblatt

The play was excellent and the actors outstanding

reviewed Sep 26 2010 report as inappropriate
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Description

SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the Boston premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed Broadway comedy In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Both a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a 2010 Tony Nominee for Best Play, this laugh-out-loud, provocative and touching play is based on the bizarre historical fact that in the 1880s, at the dawn of the age of electricity, doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysteria’ in women and some men. 

The idea for the play, says Ruhl, came from reading Rachel Maines’ book The Technology of Orgasm, in which Maines points out that, “from the time of Hippocrates until the 1920s, massaging “hysterical” female patients to orgasm was a staple of medical practice among Western physicians.”  The vibrator, states Maines, “first emerged as an electromechanical medical instrument in direct response to demand from physicians who, far from enjoying the implementation of pelvic massage, sought every opportunity to substitute the services of midwives and, later, the efficiency of mechanical devices.”

Set in a spa town in upstate New York during the 1880s, Ruhl’s play focuses on Dr. Givings and how his practice of this new electric vibrator therapy affects his entire household. 

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) was the first of Ms. Ruhl’s works to be presented on Broadway. Her other plays include The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2005);  Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award);  Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play), and Eurydice. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel.

Norton Award-winner Scott Edmiston will direct this Boston premiere production, which will feature two of the city’s most acclaimed actresses, Marianna Bassham and Anne Gottlieb.  Craig Wesley Divino, Frances Idlebrook, Lindsey McWhorter, Dennis Trainor Jr. and Derry Woodhouse are also featured. 

The design team includes Susan Zeeman Rogers (set), Gail Astrid Buckley (costumes), Karen Perlow (lighting), Dewey Dellay (sonnd) and Michael Getz (props).

Warning: This play contains nudity and adult content.

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