This play's good, clean fun
In The Next Room is a comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity, which also goes by the name "The Vibrator Play". But don't let that put you off.
Assistant director Wayne Doyle says there is nothing in the play that would offend anyone.
"Some people in the community may be uncomfortable with it, but it's an entertaining, safe comedy with nothing rude or vulgar in it."
The plot centres around the relationship between a doctor, who has invented a new tool for treating hysteria in women, and his wife.
The play is set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity. Mr Doyle said the crew had put a lot of time and energy into making everything, from the costumes to the props, as authentic to the era as possible.
The "electronic massage" machine has a real motor, making this the first production not using a pre-recorded sound effect, he said.
The cast and crew are now in the final stages of preparation before opening night next week.
Playing the role of patient Mrs Daldry, Michele Keggenhoff said rehearsals had been going smoothly with all the technical and visual elements coming together.
She said she had had to step out of her comfort zone to play the role and just have fun with it.
"I don't want to give too much away but I do have the famous When Harry Met Sally moment."
The play also features many other South Canterbury actors, including Ken Wills, Greg Davis, Alice Sollis and newcomer Honne Honkanen.
The play runs from Friday, March 7 to Saturday, March 15, with tickets available from Newmans MusicWorks.
- The Timaru Herald