Monday, January 31, 2011

"In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)"

I didn't know what to expect from The Unicorn Theatre's production (Kansas City) about, well, let me quote the play's synopsis verbatim:
'Set at the dawn of the age of electricity in a well-to-do 1880s Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary device for treating “hysteria” in women (and, occasionally, men): the vibrator. His young wife tends to their newborn daughter and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. This 2010 Tony Nominee for Best Play is based on actual bizarre history.'
But, it was brilliant. Funny, poignant and thought-provoking on so many counts. Highly recommended.

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