Hysteria, The Forum Theatre, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce
HYSTERIA, a romantic comedy starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce, will screen at The Forum Theatre tonight (ladies night!) through this weekend. Tonight, June 21, seats are $8 for the ladies. The show plays Fri 7:30, Sat 5:30 & 7:30 and Sun 5pm.
In Victorian London, Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself. He is hired by Dr. Robert Dalrymple who is renowned for treating women diagnosed with female hysteria using 'pelvic massage'. Hysteria was originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. By the 19th century, hysteria came to be defined as a more generalized sexual dysfunction. Mortimer devises various different methods of pelvic massage, undertaking various experiments in his quest.
Dr. Granville sets about becoming an expert in the problem, seeking devices to remedy the problem. However, he develops carpal tunnel due to all the manual labor required in stimulation. His invention is the vibrator.The comedic pacing is refreshing and tasteful, which is impressive if you consider that some of the biggest laughs stem from scenes that depict the masturbation of middle aged women. All in all "Hysteria" is a fun movie, with terrific actors, a stimulating story and, of course, a happy ending.
Dr. Granville’s electromechanical vibrator was portable but had a wet cell battery that weighed about 40 pounds. Imagine hiding that in your purse?!
Running time is 100m. Call 732.548.5600 or visit www.forumtheatrearts.org for more information.