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In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Summary: A beautifully funny story about a journey from marriage to love.

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play is a provocative, funny, touching and marvellously entertaining story about a young doctor and his wife. Dr Givings is obsessed with the marvels of new technology and what it can do for his patients. His wife, Catherine Givings, is only a bystander in her husband's world - listening at the door from the next room as he treats his female patients. Dr Givings is not sure exactly how the new electric device helps the women he treats - but they do keep coming back. The only woman whose problem is not helped by the doctor is his own wife who longs to connect with him, but not electrically.

"Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling... one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years... In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys - or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys - but for adults with open hearts and minds." - The New York Times

"A play that's smart, delicate and very, very funny!" - New York Post

"The playwright mines her subject for suitably bawdy humor without resorting to vulgarity... The play beautifully balances its humor and pathos." - Hollywood Reporter

Dates and times: Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 September 2011 at 8 pm, Sunday 11 September at 3 pm, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 September at 6.30 pm, Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 September at 8 pm

Ticket prices: $22 waged adults, $20 seniors, unwaged adults and tertiary students, $15 Stagecraft members and high-school students with valid ID. Two tickets for $22 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories. Early bird discount: book for the first week of the play and get $2 off the full ticket price ($20 instead of $22).

Cast:

  • Catherine Givings - Emma Smith
  • Dr Givings - Geoff Simmons
  • Sabrina Daldry - Cath Hardy
  • Mr Dick Daldry - Paul Kay
  • Annie - Venetia Verner
  • Leo Irving - Jake Gyllenskog
  • Elizabeth - Amanda Lyons

Crew: Rob Ormsby (director, music composer), Anna Lowe (set designer and dresser), Shannon Tubman, Joy Hellyer (production manager), Benjamin Haddock (stage manager, set construction coordinator), Catherine Hardy (music composer), Bev Corin (rehearsal prompt), Don Blackmore (lighting and sound designer), David Murray (lighting operator), Barry Meyers (sound operator), Meredith Dooley (wardrobe coordinator), Amy Whiterod, Amy Lorimer, Jim Stanton (wardrobe assistants), Isla Borrell, Luke Gumbley, Sheena Hudson (props), Susannah Donovan (front of house manager), Jared Pallesen, Stephen A'Court (photographer), Scenario Communications (poster and flyer design)

See Stephen A'Court's photos taken during a performance.

Review: Read Ewen Coleman's review (Word document, 27 kb, opens in a new browser window)


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