EMOTIONAL SUPPORT… VIBRATORS?

The patients in Dr. Givings’ exam room in Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play,” are all feeling some good vibrations — but what about Mrs. Givings? As a young wife suffering from a very common, but upset- ting, trial of early motherhood, she’s determined to discover what on earth her husband is doing on the other side of the door that results in his female patients’ elation.

Yes, this play is definitely about vibrators, but also the march of progress, self-discovery, intimacy and the Victorians’ absurd denial of female sexuality. Running from Feb. 13-March 10 at The Norris Center, the Tony Award-nominated comedy is certain to remind established couples about the early days of marriage when they were still figuring each other — and perhaps themselves — out, while newlyweds will immediately identify with the misunderstandings that come with fusing their lives with someone else.

“Sarah Ruhl wrote just this incredibly complex piece that is almost a family drama,” said director Jeffrey Binder. “It explores a very interesting time at the end of the 19th century that had very specific expectations for how men and women behaved and a real, real lack of awareness or desire to explore oneself emotionally or sexually.”

BY LINDSEY NESMITH
Florida Weekly

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