Review: In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Two weeks ago I was invited to a press night showing of “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” a play that I’d learned involved women being treated for “hysteria” with some sort of archaic vibrator. It sounded more uncomfortable than funny, but as the cliché goes: You only live once.

A comedic must-see; for its spectacular set design and wardrobe, as well as its exploration of intimacy.

“In the Next Room” far exceeded my expectations in more than one category. I found it to be delightfully written, with a set and wardrobe design so authentic that I felt like I was actually seated with the cast in a late 1800s-era Victorian home.

Dr. Givings, played by Craig Mungavin, approaches his patients’ treatments with the emotional detachment of a scientist at work, which only tempts his wife’s curiosity as she overhears the sounds of his patients in states of arousal. Jealousy and lust bubble to the surface in their marriage, with Mrs. Givings (Jill Blackwood) in for quite a surprise when she discovers her husband does not only treat women with his mysterious devices.

“In the Next Room” is a comedic must-see; for its spectacular set design and wardrobe, as well as its exploration of intimacy. Every audience of “In the Next Room” will witness Dr. Givings and his wife’s quest to discover connection in their marriage, a challenge for many couples that transcends time and place. Rich with humor of the heavy issues of marriage and sexuality, playwright Sarah Ruhl’s work is provocative, sidesplitting and tender, all at once.

A good comedy is one that keeps you laughing even after the show has ended, and “In the Next Room” will do exactly that. As I left the cozy Zach Theatre that night, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d laughed until I cried. Perhaps it truly is the best medicine.


Don’t miss your last chance(s) to catch “In the Next Room” – with five shows throughout the weekend before its final performance Sunday.

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

starting at $25

Buy Tickets Here
Tickets also available by phone at 512-476-0541 ext. 1

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