March 24-April 23, 2017
By Sarah Ruhl
ONSTAGE THEATRE, GREENBELT 1, MAKATI
It is the 1880s, and Dr. and Mrs. Catherine Givings live in a beautiful, seemingly sensible Victorian home, where Dr. Givings also runs his private medical practice. Electricity is still a novelty, and as the intelligent and free-spirited Mrs. Givings cares for her new child under the bright glow of a floor lamp, something else is buzzing in the next room. Dr. Givings, a kind — if overly analytical — scientist, has invented a device to relieve “hysteria” in both men and women. The brilliant new device is a vibrator (though Dr. Givings refers to it euphemistically as a “machine”). When Elizabeth, a grieving wet nurse, is brought in to care for the Givings’ baby, and Mrs. Sabrina Daldry, an anxious, depressed patient arrives for treatment, the Givings are forced to confront the realities of their marriage, their love for one another, and the nature of intimacy– all without the help of an electrical current. Provocative, moving, and utterly charming,
Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room is a comedy about passion, true love, and orgasms.
Directed by: Chris Millado
Set Design by: Mio Infante
Costumes by: Bonsai Cielo