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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559363606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559363600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Ruhl received the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 for her play "The Clean House," which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Her play Eurydice has been produced at Madison Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phred on April 1, 2012
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Now that I have read this book, (Kindle edition) and seen the play, I am ready render my thoughts.

In short from: this is a much better play to watch than it is to read. Nowhere in the text is the pointed wit of an Oscar Wilde or the deep sophistication of a Tom Stoppard. The words are simple and as a read it is somewhat limp. As a performance, these problem disappear.

Sarah Ruhl's play takes place in two rooms, sometimes simultaneously. Mostly we are in the front room of the home/office of Dr. and Mrs Givings. The "Next Room" is his medical office. Dr. Giving's practice may include a variety of mostly female medicine as practiced in America, in the 1880's but here we only see him providing one service. He treats mostly women, and on rare occasion men for hysteria.

Note that the word hysteria is from a Greek root meaning uterus.

At this time a new machine, called the vibrator had been introduced for the purpose of treating female hysteria by inducing a paroxysm. There was, in America, at that time no medical notion of a female orgasm.

And so Dr. Givings uses vibrators on women, and one man to relive their medical symptoms. He seems to have the notion that this treatment, improperly applied is onanism (masturbation also a huge evil at this time) however he never connects his treatment with anything sexual. Over time Mrs. Givings tries to understand what is happening in The Next Room and to come to terms with her need for romance and sex.

There is humor here in the form of the women, not realizing just what they are experiencing. There is humor in the "vibrator play" that take place in "the other room".
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This play is about the mechanics of life and the metallic, inanimate feeling of going through the motions. Through the play we see all of the different jolts and sparks that animate us, invigorate us, and light up the darkened shadows in our lives: true, genuine, sincere, embarrassingly sloppy and sanguine human interaction. From sunsets to snowfalls we see our vision of beauty, or lack thereof, colored and outlined by our relationships with others. Wonderful play!
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By Gentileschi on August 6, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this great play. It was extremely fun and sexy without sacrificing many opportunities to comment on serious questions of sexual expression, reproductive health, and structured family interactions across race, class, and gender -- although these interactions may be slightly oversimplified at times. If you are interested in "In the Next Room," I would also recommend Caryl Churchill's brilliant "Cloud Nine," of which this play is reminiscent.
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