Theater: WWU presents electrifying adult play by Sarah Ruhl

Western Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance continues its 2014-15 season with the three-time Tony Award-winning comedy “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play,” by Sarah Ruhl.

The play, set in the 1890s, explores aspects of women’s intimate lives during the Victorian era, when women were raised to believe sex was something to be endured, not enjoyed. The play hinges on the newly developed electric vibrator, which gained popularity with doctors of the time as a way to treat women’s hysteria. The production contains adult themes.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 5-7, and Feb. 11-14, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday, Feb. 7, and 14 in the DUG Theatre on the lower level of WWU’s Performing Arts Center. The play is directed by Cynthia White, adjunct faculty member at Western.

Tickets are $12 general, $7 students, at 360-650-6146 and tickets.wwu.edu.