In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
PRESENTED BY: American Theatre Company
Set in the 1880s, this 2009 play by Sarah Ruhl is a provocative, funny, touching and entertaining story about a young doctor and his wife. Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what they can do for his patients. His wife, Catherine, is only a bystander in her husband's world, listening at the door from the next room as he treats his female patients. Dr. Givings is not sure exactly how the vibrators help the women he treats, but they do keep coming back. The only woman whose problem is not helped by the doctor is his own wife, who longs to connect with him, but not electrically.