In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
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.