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‘In the Next Room’ opens at the Black Box


This weekend, the No Strings Theatre Company opens its production of the Tony-nominated play, “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl.

According to the producers, the play is set during the 1880s in an upscale suburb of New York City, and addresses subjects of sexuality and female emancipation as well as marriage, intimacy, infidelity, jealousy and race.

“As strange as it may seem in today’s world, there was once a time when physicians diagnosed and treated ‘hysteria’ in female patients by manually stimulating them by hand,” the company wrote in a news release. “This unusual medical period also overlapped with a time when electricity first became widely available in American homes and businesses.”

Although the themes are mature, the company made clear, “anyone expecting an X-rated performance will be disappointed.”

The production is directed by Joshua Taulbee and features a cast of local actors including Rachel Thomas-Chappell, Cassandra Galban, William Harrold, Rachel Maze, Lisa Taylor, Dezz Martin and Orlando Rodriguez.

The show opens Friday at 8 p.m. and runs through May 5: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (except April 21) and a special Thursday performance on May 2 at 7 p.m.

The performances are at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street in downtown Las Cruces.

Ticketing and other information are available through the theatre’s website, No-Strings.org, or by calling the theater at 575-523-1223.

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play,