Best O Faces

In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)

Unicorn Theatre

One of the best plays to be staged at the Unicorn Theatre (in an already fine year) centered on the inventor of the vibrator. You see, in the Victorian era, long before women kept Hitachi Magic Wands and Rabbit Habbits in their bedside tables, clitoral stimulation via vibration was considered a medical and therapeutic procedure. In writer Sarah Ruhl's story, a Dr. Givings (the name says it all) explodes the old-fashioned expectations of a few undersexed housewives — including a spot-on Heidi Van — who come through his office. They get a very special brand of O-face-inducing treatment, and we, the audience, are right there with them, full of giddy, breathless ecstasy at a production that went deeper than we expected.

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