poster for In the Next RoomTHEATRE DEPART-MENT TAKES ON TONY NOMINATED PLAY

The University at Albany Department of Theatre is pleased to present Sarah Ruhl’s stylish new comedy In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play. The show will run for ten performances in the Studio Theatre at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus from April 17 to 27, 2013

The Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominated play is set in Saratoga Springs just before its corseted women shed their inhibitions. It weaves the history of the treatment (and mistreatment) of women in the late 1880s with the misunderstandings and fears surrounding female sexuality, dispelling old-fashioned notions of intimacy and marriage at the dawn of the age of electricity.  The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood calls the play “insightful, fresh and funny… a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys—or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys—but for adults with open hearts and minds.”

In the play, Dr. Givings (Samuel Gorenstein) is having tremendous success with a new electric invention designed to alleviate the symptoms of “female hysteria.”  But the noises in the adjoining room spark the curiosity of his wife, Catherine (Shiloh Turek), a lonely new mother eager for intimacy.  Her investigation into the doctor’s work leads to friendships with a couple of patients, the high-strung Sabrina Daldry (Samantha Jurman) and the artist Leo Irving (George Tsakirellis), and ultimately to a new relationship with her husband.

Visiting Assistant Professor Chad Larabee directs the production which also includes Patrick Haggerty as Mr. Daldry; Erica Lorenzetti as Dr. Givings’ assistant Annie; and Cherise Pinder as Elizabeth.  The production’s design team includes UAlbany alums Anne Croteau (costumes) and John Knapp (set) along with Andi Lyons (lighting).  The production’s stage manager is Lauren Stern.

The schedule includes performances on Wednesday through Friday, April 17-19 at 8pm; Saturday, April 20 at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, April 21 at 2pm; Thursday, April 25 at 8pm; Friday, April 26 at 2pm & 8pm and Saturday, April  27 at 2pm. 

Tickets for the general public are $12 for all performances.  Tickets for students, senior citizens and UAlbany faculty/staff are $8 from April 17-21 and $10 from April 25-27. Tickets may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.