Electric Avenue

It’s not what you think. Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play) is, like so much of the playwright’s work, a smart and compassionate look at the mistreatment of women in the late 19th century. Set in a spa town near New York, Vibrator isn’t about dildoes but about the advent of electricity in the late 1800s -- specifically in the homes of the wealthy. The aptly named Dr. Givings is a gynecologist who treats “female hysteria” in his home, with a strange new electric-powered contraption that has the whole town talking.
Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 31, 2 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 6, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 7, 2 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 11, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 14, 2 p.m., 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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