Marianna McClellan (Catherine Givings), Lena Kaminsky (Annie), Kate MacCluggage (Sabrina Daldry), and Christopher Kelly (Dr. Givings) in the Syracuse Stage production of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Photo by Michael Davis.

Review: “In the Next Room”

I had the opportunity to go to Syracuse Stage and see their latest production, a play called, “In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play).” The story takes place in the 1880′s (around the advent of electricity right after the end of The Civil War), in a home in Sarasota Springs. The subject matter is about how women, and sometimes in rare cases men, were treated by doctors for what was known as hysteria. The play also delves into the varied aspects and forms of love and relationships between couples, as well as racial issues and other mature adult situations. Let us be clear here, the subject matter of this play is quite sexual in nature. The show is unmistakably and unashamedly intended for enjoyment by mature audiences. That being said, it is thoughtfully written and artfully executed by the Syracuse Stage team.

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Connective Corridor will spend $650,000 on public art installations

Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor announced that $650,000 in funding will be dedicated to six to ten public art installations along the Connective Corridor by 2016. Artists and teams from Syracuse and around the world are invited to submit letters of interest and initial concepts for the commissions by March 1, 2015. A panel of jurors from Syracuse University and the local community will select semi-finalists in April. The Connective Corridor is a partnership between the university and the city to connect students to downtown.

“One part of this public art call that I’m very excited for is adding some new work to Syracuse’s public art collection,” Quinton Fletchall, the project manager, said.

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