In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

In spite of a solid cast and interesting staging, this play just did not come together. It suffered from being neither fish nor fowl – not a comedy, although it had some funny bits, and not a social commentary, although it clearly had things to say.

I think it should be rewritten to become a comedy. the social message will still be there, but the audience and the actors will have a much better time. As it is, what should be a laugh becomes a snicker, since it is presented in such a serious way.

I also think some judicous editing is needed – the role of Elizabeth is so serious and out of place. It sommed the author could not resist the chance to comment on the social and racial status of wet nurses. But nothing is added to the play other than a role for Marci House, who is very good.

And the comedy should end with the relationships tidied up in some way, not left unresolved. does Mrs Daldry find happiness with her husband or run off with Annie? Doesn’t matter which, but some resolution is needed for a happy ending.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

  1. Keith says:

    I found it rather flat. Good cast and set, so it could be the direction or the writing. I vote for it being the writing. I am surprised this play has been up for big awards – it seems more of a work in progress. It definitely needs to move more resolutely in the direction of being a comedy and get tidied up.

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