In the Next Room (the vibrator play) as reviewed by novelist Sophie Couch

A Review of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Interesting that the titillating subject matter – the vibrator – receives all the attention. Because truly, this wonderful play was about so much more than the “devices”. For the most part a comedy, IN THE NEXT ROOM, was at moments heart wrenching and heart warming.

The production, written by Sarah Ruhl and currently running at Live Arts (www.livearts.org) in Charlottesville, VA, under the direction of Julie Hamberg, takes a look at the dawn of electricity, the dawn of a sexual revolution, and the dawning intimacy between a husband and wife, previously constrained by the social conventions of the Victorian era.

A cast of talented actors bring the play to life with immaculate timing and chemistry. The Live Arts’ team of volunteers continue to raise the bar with regard to sets, props, lighting, sound, and costumes. (Oh my. The costumes which are donned… and peeled… as needs demand… on stage!)

The final scene elicited a collective “awww” from the audience, which so well summed up the production. We can giggle at the subject matter all we want, (and this is a VERY funny production with some great sight gags), but in the end, it’s the story of a couple discovering an intimacy in their staid, Victorian relationship that requires no “devices”.

Sofie Couch is a novelist from Charlottesville, Virginia. When not raising a pa’r-a-normal young adults and living a romantic comedy, she writes in those same genres… or the occasional review when a truly worthy production requires it.
http://www.sofiecouch.blogspot.com
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IN THE NEXT ROOM (the vibrator play) is playing at Live Arts in Charlottesville on selected dates through March 23rd. Click here for more information.

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