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Let’s Get it Started – In the Next Room or the vibrator play, by Sarah Ruhl

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Before I begin, let me explain why I’m completing a play a week challenge over the next year. Because I have an awesome audition coach who challenged me to find and prepare TWENTY audition monologues. I’ll talk more about why 20 in that section of my blog, but basically, I do not have 20 good audition monologues just laying around my house. To find good material you have to read. Plays are generally short and reading 1/week is a very reasonable challenge, even for someone busy like myself. So this challenge is all about exposing myself to new material and increasing my literacy. I’d like to make it sound more exciting than that, but it’s just that simple. Only exciting to us read-a-holics.

Bought and BorrowedOnce again because of my amazing audition coach (and Borders liquidation – 50% off drama lit!), I can hit the ground running with a good sized stack of plays I’m very interested in reading. When those are done, I will start scrounging through collections I own but haven’t read in their entirety. Our city library literally has about 4 plays and there are about 4 more available on Kindle. 😛

I started my reading adventure with In the Next Room or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl. I have wanted to read this play since it’s Broadway debut in 2009. It is a beautiful piece about women in the 1880’s and their relationships to the men in their life through gender roles and sexuality. Although it does get more racy the further into the play you get, it’s really nothing to be shocked over. The subject matter is handled with such grace by Ruhl that you are pulled into each woman’s longing for something mysterious and more.

In the Next RoomRuhl also does an excellent job making the staging understandable. There are two rooms onstage, often containing action simultaneously. Ruhl gives the reader/director/actor enough information to know what is going on at all times and just enough emotional input to follow along anywhere the dialogue would be insufficient (due to subtext).

Overall, I was highly impressed with this play. Although the subject matter is complicated and Ruhl takes it to deep and intimate locations of the soul, it is easy to read and moves quickly. I’m looking forward to pulling at least 1 good monologue from this text, as well as reading more plays by Sarah Ruhl.

Race!

 

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