In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Auckland Theatre Company
15 March 2012 - 07 April 2012
Venue: Maidment Theatre
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes, including interval
Telephone bookings and enquiries: (09) 308 2383
By Sarah Ruhl
EASTER TICKET SPECIAL!
Book for either of the two Easter shows on Thursday 5th April at 8pm or Saturday 7th April at 8pm and save $22 per adult couple! PLUS anyone booking these Easter shows will receive a complimentary souvenir programme.
ADULT SEXUAL REFERENCES AND CONTENT. SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS+
Cast includes: Anna Jullienne, Adam Gardiner, Toni Potter, Paul Glover, Hera Dunleavy, Damien Avery and Lavinia Uhila
Directed by Colin McColl
Design by Elizabeth Whiting, Rachael Walker, Philip Dexter MSC and John Gibson.
2010 PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST FOR DRAMA
2010 TONY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST PLAY
"9/10... a sumptuously entertaining night in the theatre. Highly recommended." - The Sun Herald (Australia)
"An absolute delight." - The Sunday Telegraph
"Definitely one to catch. You owe yourself the pleasure." - Time Out Sydney
Saratoga Springs, New York, 1880. The electrical age dawns and Dr Givings, a coolly rational man of nineteenth-century science, is obsessed with its potential.
His Chattanooga Vibrator, a modern device for treating hysteria, has many advocates - not least the female patients, who come back wanting more. Meanwhile his wife Catherine, lonely and struggling with new motherhood, seeks the companionship of her husband's patients and aches to discover just what goes on in the next room.
Intelligent, stylish and droll, In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is a glittering comedy of manners about knowing what is good for you, even if there are no acceptable words for it.
“This scintillating new play by exciting young American writer Sarah Ruhl is a unique beast. It combines scientific history, politics of desire, and sexual behaviour in a delicious comedy. It’s clever; it’s very, very funny; and it’s based on a true story. Set in the early days of electricity – the straight-laced, corseted 1880s – it gives the term 'the body electric' a whole new meaning!” – Colin McColl
"The smartly structured script provides a cornucopia of comic possibilities that are seized on with relish by a fine cast." NZ Herald, 20/3/12
"McColl has been lighting up our lives for decades now on the stage, and this production proves he is still plugged into the theatrical g-spot of a good night out." Theatreview, 18/3/12