The first time I read In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl was when I was on a crowded train into NYC hoping to tune out and kill time on my commute. As I was reading, I found that I had picked an amazing, groundbreaking play from the TCG bookshelf that completely sucked me in and made me forget all about my mundane commute. Set in the 1800s just after the dawn of electricity, this play encourages a dialogue about the role of men and women during the period and also speaks to contemporary sexual issues. The play is about a doctor, Mr. Givings, who treats his hysteria-ridden patients by using a vibrator in the office of his home. Though some are cured with the device, as the play progresses we can see that the intimacy between people is really what heals his patients. Sarah Ruhl is a brilliant, multi award-winning playwright who captures the beauty of human relationships. Her captivating writing will draw you in from the moment your eyes hit the page.

Maggie Greene, research policy and collective action intern

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