For centuries, doctors treated “hysteria” in women with some, let’s say, gadgets.

It may sound weird, but it really happened during the Victorian Era. Different types of massage, such as hydrotherapy, were first used in order to treat women who were afflicted with female hysteria. However, in 1873, the first electrical vibrator was used at an asylum in France to treat the disease. And nowdays, you can get more familiar with the early history of the vibrator with Sarah Ruhl's 2010 Tony Award-nominated play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play).

This insightful play tells the story of Sabrina Daldry and Catherine Givings, both sexually frustrated with their husbands and also excited to try “the new machine”—the vibrator—that Mrs. Givings husband, Dr. Givings, innocently began using as a way of treating “hysteria” in women. Although the “machine” has great effect on Sabrina and Catherine, it is actually the interaction between all the women in the play that transforms their lives.

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), a sex comedy by Sarah Ruhl, presented by Pygmalion Productions, and directed by Fran Pruyn is shown at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center through May 19.

For tickets, call 801-355-ARTS or visit arttix.com

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West Broadway, SLC

Thursdays 7:30 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m.

Sunday Matinees 2 p.m.

Saturday Matinee, May 19 at 3 p.m.