No doubt, vibrators are therapeutic. We women live in a stressful world littered with selfish men. Many a womans most satisfying sexual partner is a battery-operated, brightly colored phallus. In fact, in the darker ages of medicine, these little stress-relievers were used by doctors as a treatment for female hysteria. Sure, getting off thanks to a doctor is something porn sites make a ton of money peddling of these days, but the full story of early vibrators reveals more about the way women have been treated by the medical profession (and men in general) than about kinkiness.
Sarah Ruhls Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-nominated play In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) looks at the history of this unusual practice by examining two Victorian womens experiences with the fun tool. Catch some onstage Os when the play opens Saturday at 8 p.m. at GableStage. The show runs Thursday to Sunday through June 12
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 14. Continues through June 12, 2011