Friday/Saturday: FreshINK reads “In the Next Room”
FreshINK, Parkside Theater's staged reading series, offers performances this Friday and Saturday of the 2010 Tony Award-nominated comedy "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)." Written by Sarah Ruhl, this funny and provocative look at relationships begins at 7:30 p.m. in Studio A of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
The play recounts the early history of a new medical device used by doctors to treat women for "hysteria," a common diagnosis during the Victorian era. Sabrina Daldry and Catherine Givings are frustrated with their unfulfilling relationships until they receive treatments from Catherine's physician husband with the new medical marvel. Sabrina is content to continue her treatments despite her boring home life but Catherine wants--and ultimate finds--something more.
"One critic said that 'In the Next Room' is a sex comedy for grown-ups," said d
"In the Next Room" was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play. Ruhl's first play, the comically absurd "Melancholy Play," was presented by Parkside Theatre in fall 2011.
During a staged reading, actors may refer to their scripts. There are no special sets or costumes, and props are kept to a minimum.
"In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" is free and open to the public. For more information, call 262-595-2457.irector Gale Childs-Daly. "While being very funny, Sarah Ruhl gives us a poignant look at relationships--good, bad, and everything in-between. The play explores frustration, boredom, anger, attraction, lust, love, ecstasy, and technology."