I went to see a…ummm…very interesting play with a few of the yayas tonight. In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Yes, it’s about what you think it’s about. I’ll just quote the play’s synopsis verbatim:
“Set at the dawn of the age of electricity in a well-to-do 1880s Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary device for treating “hysteria” in women (and, occasionally, men): the vibrator. His young wife tends to their newborn daughter and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. This 2010 Tony Nominee for Best Play is based on actual bizarre history.”
More here if you’re interested.
Pretty hilarious, with tons of double entendre which I love. The lead actress was outstanding, very expressive facial and body expression playing a lonely character who was a bit flighty but also very thoughtful and deep. It was in a very small theater at Webster University. We sat in the very front row of this intimate venue and so close we could feel the breeze as the door on the set slammed. Mostly funny but there were a few choke up moments for me since there was a character in the play, the wet nurse, who’d lost a baby and her faith too.
Afterwards, a quick stop at City Garden to snap a few pics. This isn’t a good one but I was able to learn a little from MB about making lights into stars.