In the Next Room, Or, The Vibrator PlayBook - 2010
In the Next Room or the vibrator play hovers at the dawn of electricity when enthusiasm for the light bulb gave rise to a handy new instrument to treat female hysteria. Ruhl, with her singular theatrical lyricism, has crafted a masterful new comedy, which went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
"A breathtakingly inventive addition to Ruhl's singular body of work."--Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times.
"Ruhl has written a smart, charming, iridescently funny-serious jewel."--John Simon, Bloomberg News/Bloomberg.Com.
"It's safe to say that In the Next Room goes where no Broad-way show has gone before. Ruhl presents something a lot more daring than nudity: women's discovery of their own bodies and their own pleasure ... A play that's smart, delicate and very, very funny."--Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post.
"Ruhl is one of the country's brightest playwrights. In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed for adults with open hearts and minds. Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling."--Charles Isherwood, New York Times.
"In the Next Room is Ruhl's best play to date. Her play-writing is inspired."--John Lahr, New Yorker.
"Best Broadway Play of 2009 ... Ruhl has defied gender and genre orthodoxy to give us a hilarious and moving meditation on the many factors that complicate communication between (and within) the sexes."--Elysa Gardner, USA Today.
From Library Staff
BKLYNRebeccaSea Feb 22, 2017
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 trie... Read More »