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(Past production) In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)

by Sarah Ruhl

This insightful and provocative play, directed by Caroline Clark, examines a slice of history when physicians treated various female (and male) ailments by the use of an electric vibrator, applied to private parts in a treatment room. It's a fascinating and often funny glimpse into a patriarchal society, in which women are not given the words or concepts to articulate their needs. The New Yorker called Ruhl's play “her best to date.”

Pear Theatre’s director Caroline Clark—and two especially mesmerizing performances by Ellen Dunphy and James Lewis—make this one of the most rewarding productions of the year.
— Jeff Dunn, Theatrius