Good Vibrations

No doubt, vibrators are therapeutic. We women live in a stressful world littered with selfish men. Many a woman’s 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 Ruhl’s 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 women’s experiences with the fun tool. Catch some onstage O’s 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
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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