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In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play Tickets

Lyceum Theatre

Set in the 1880s, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play centers on a doctor and his wife whose household is upended by the doctor’s experimental therapy as inventor of a new device.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Jan. 10, 2010.

Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Previews Oct 22, 2009
Opening Nov 19, 2009
Closing Jan 10, 2010

Story

What Is the Story of In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play?
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.

Critics' Reviews

"“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.""

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times

""A compelling yarn with engaging characters who evolve. When Cerveris and Benanti enter the winter garden and disrobe for the play’s final Edenic sequence, [playwright Ruhl] achieves an unforced aura of hopeful wonder.""

Review by David Cote from Time Out New York

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