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In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

9 May 2012 - 10 Jun 2012

At North Carolina Stage Company
Tickets $17 and up

This stylish comedy about marriage, medicine, and the dawn of the age of electricity was nominated for the Pulizer Prize.

"Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as in feeling." - The New York Times

Catherine Givings has a problem.

Her husband, a respected doctor, has invented a revolutionary new electric vibrating machine used to treat "hysteria" in drooping, enervated women and enjoys great success. The machine is kept in the "next room," right off the parlor of his home, but a universe away from his own private life - his wife and newborn daughter.

Sarah Ruhl's comedy unfolds as Catherine - curious, passionate, and lonely - tries to find out what happens in the next room, and to connect, without plugs, to her reserved, scientific husband.