One of the best plays I’ve seen in New York was Sarah Ruhl‘s In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), about a clueless Victorian doctor who cures women of their “hysteria” with a vibrator… and doesn’t even recognize their orgasms. It’s hilarious, heartrending, and a really smart meditation on female sexuality.
That’s why I’m wary about Hysteria, the new romantic comedy about the actual invention of the vibrator. More
No doubt about it, Queen Elizabeth I of England was pretty cool. She’s also endlessly fascinating, which is why she tends to show up so frequently in film and television. Case in point: The upcoming Roland Emmerich thriller Anonymous. In it, Vanessa Redgrave plays Good Queen Bess alongside Rhys Ifans’ Edward de Vere, also known as the 17th Earl of Oxford– who, the film posits, is not Elizabeth’s incestuous lover, but also the true author of the works of William Shakespeare. Personally, I like to think that Shakespeare really is the dude from Stratford who keeps popping up in public records, but that aside, Anonymous looks like it could be pretty interesting. Check out the trailer here: More