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With a ti­tle like “In the Next Room (or The Vi­bra­tor Play),” it’s easy to think that this might be the most risqué play ever mounted by Reper­tory Philip­pines in its 50-year his­tory. Writ­ten by the fas­tris­ing play­wright Sarah Ruhl (her past cred­its in­clude The Clean House, Eury­dice,

Pas­sion Play), In the Next Room is a sex com­edy set in the 1880s—a pe­riod when the dawn of elec­tric­ity other ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy rad­i­cally changed peo­ple’s be­liefs, morals, and way of life. As ridicu­lous as it may seem to mod­ern au­di­ences, the premise of the play is based on some­thing some doc­tors be­lieved at the time—that hys­te­ria, among other ail­ments, in women could be cured with the med­i­cally su­per­vised use of a vi­bra­tor. In the play we meet Dr. Giv­ings, a gy­ne­col­o­gist who in­vents the ma­chine. His wife Cather­ine has re­cently given birth and soon be­comes jeal­ous of a new pa­tient, Sab­rina Daldry, who re­ceives the rev­o­lu­tion­ary treat­ment hop­ing to al­le­vi­ate her joy­less mar­riage and sex life. The ar­rival of a wet nurse, brought in to sup­ple­ment the milk sup­ply of the Giv­ings’ child, fur­ther draws Cather­ine’s ire. Though there’s a lot to laugh about, the play, directed by Chris Mil­lado, ul­ti­mately en­light­ens the au­di­ence with its mus­ings on in­ti­macy and the na­ture of true love. On­go­ing un­til April 23, Greenbelt On­stage, 2nd floor, Greenbelt 1, Makati; 843.3570; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­etWorld, 891.9999, tick­etworld.com.ph; reper­to­ryphilip­pines.ph.

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