In the Next Room or the vibrator play

Lyceum Theatre
149 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
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Such a shame it closed. It was great!

I agree with the others: This was a funny, intelligent and thoughtful play about a very strange chapter in American medical history. Great costumes, great acting. Too bad it closed. What an anti-climax.

In the next room

Dont be fooled by the sub-text title. This is not a sexy play or one by which most reasonable people would be shocked or offended. It is a funny, thoughtful and interesting play which cleverly shows the mores of the time and delivers a message which may not be too clear but if one thinks about it, it is also relevant today. The acting and staging are very good as are the period costumes. This may not be a smash hit but it is well worth seeing as a very worthy straight American-written play.

Much More than Women's Rights

This is the best play on Broadway. As much as I enjoyed, say, God of Carnage, In the Next Room actually is smart and bold and biting and funny. Furthermore, I think its way too dismissive to label this play a womens piece, no matter how respectful. The brilliance of the piece is, were laughing at how archaic and clumsy the practices were in those days until it becomes shockingly clear that although our ideas about vibrators and female sexuality may be more evolved, our ability to understand intimacy as it relates to sex is just as backwards. And the last ten minutes of the play are the best Ive seen in years. This play is amazing on so many different levels.

Ludlow Lad -- you're right... but --

Of course Broadway should have new American plays. There are far too few of them. But $100 is a lot to pay for a ticket to a play that would have never made it out of rep if it were by a different playwright. Its easier to be adventurous as a ticket-buyer and to be tolerant of misses or near-misses if youre paying $35.

RE:Interesting but fatally flawed

As a fan of Sarah Ruhl, I rushed out to the first preview last night and found the play to be long 2 1/2 hours -- felt like longer and very uneven. By the last moments, as a gimmicky scene with a naked actor happened, I was wondering why I was watching this at Broadway ticket prices when it seemed to belong in an off-Broadway venue. Performances are all over the map -- Cerveris is ok but uninspired, Benanti is distractingly modern, and Williams seems to be in a different play entirely. Only Dizzia seemed to hit the right note in interpreting Ruhls words. Hopefully the show will get better as the run goes on...Live and learn. No more rushing out to previews for me. Patience is a virtue.