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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, transparent phallus. Not everyone knows that in the darker ages of medicine, these little stress releasers 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 off of these days, but the full story of early vibrators reveals more about pathology and the way women have been treated by the medical world (and men in general) than about kinkiness. Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony-nominated play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) takes a look 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 (eastern section of the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). The show runs Thursday through Sunday (7 p.m. start on the Sabbath) through June 12. (There will be no performance on Sunday May 15.) Tickets cost $37.50 to $47.50. Call 305 445-1119, or visit
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 14. Continues through June 12, 2011
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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