In the Next Room (or The Vi­bra­tor Play)

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - (or The Vi­bra­tor Play), Wives The Merry of Wind­sor. In the Next Room

The Wiz­ard of Oz:

In the 19th cen­tury, women could be di­ag­nosed with hys­te­ria for symp­toms rang­ing from an aver­sion to house­work to hear­ing voices. The treat­ment of the day? Doc­tor-ad­min­is­tered or­gasms — a te­dious process that be­came eas­ier with the in­tro­duc­tion of the vi­bra­tor. Sarah Ruhl’s play about that tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment,

opens at the Santa Fe Play­house (142 E. De Var­gas St., 505-988-4262) on Thurs­day, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. ($15 pre­view), and con­tin­ues through May 21, with per­for­mances Thurs­days to Satur­days at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­days at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are $25; the May 6 gala re­cep­tion is $30; visit www.santafe play­house.org. — J.L. Sir John Fal­staff, the ro­tund drunken scamp from Henry IV, Parts I and II, is a scoundrel of the wom­an­iz­ing kind in When he ar­rives flat broke in a new city, he tries to line his pock­ets by se­duc­ing two mar­ried women — a plan that fails spec­tac­u­larly. The Santa Fe Shake­speare So­ci­ety presents The Merry Wives of Wind­sor at Ware­house 21 (1614 Paseo de Per­alta) in its fi­nal per­for­mances, Fri­day, April 28, and Satur­day, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., and Sun­day, April 30, at 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is a $15-$20 slid­ing scale at the door. Call 505-490-6271 or visit www .sf­shake­speare.org. — J.L.

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