Dr. Givings (Michael Cerveris, center) regularly treats female patients like Mrs. Daldry (Maria Dizzia) for "hysteria" by inducing a "paroxysm" — what we would call an orgasm nowadays. Once accomplished by hand, the job has been made easier at the outset of Sarah Ruhl's comedy In The Next Room by the invention of the electromechanical vibrator. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'The Vibrator Play': Why Yes, It Is About Exactly That

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Johnny Mercer's hometown of Savannah, Ga., dedicated a monument to him on what would have been his 100th birthday. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library hide caption

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100 Years Of Johnny Mercer, Pop Poet Laureate

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New York City Opera Rises From Turmoil

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Solo-performance pioneer Anna Deavere Smith set the standard for documentary theater in the 1990s; she's reached broader audiences with roles on TV's The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and in films including Rachel Getting Married. Mary Ellen Mark hide caption

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Tales Of Suffering And Succor, Written On The Body

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Jude Law, Tackling Hamlet From The Inside Out

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'Superior Donuts': Pulitzer Winner Sets Up New Shop

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'Aftermath' Illuminates Lives Of Uprooted Iraqis

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New York Philharmonic Gets A New Director

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For Playwright, TV Gigs Make Theater Possible

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For Broadway Newcomers, First Time's The Charm

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N.Y. Philharmonic Bids Farewell To Clarinetist

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The Magic Of Tarell McCraney's 'Distant Present'

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Actor John Cullum, Beating The Broadway Clock

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