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Dead Man's Cell Phone

Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre (Chicago, IL)

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98 ratings
3.4 average rating
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1 review
1 stars
attended May 04 2008

I sat there and watched all these smug, self satisfied subscribers look at each other with this "I *got* it, didn't you? Aren't we special" look.

Newsflash - the Emperor has no clothes.

OMG - the comparison to High School theater above is...continued

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11 reviews
10 stars
attended Apr 19 2008

Just not a professional play. I felt as if I were at a high school event. Not up to the usual Steppenwolf standard.

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4 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 27 2008

A bit out there but very entertaining. Actors did a wonderful job with their roles. We had great seats.

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MJ
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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 28 2008

We walked out at intermission. The writing was horrible, the acting was horrible - don't waste your time or money on this.

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Jul 08 2008

So beautifully done. It's actually the second time I saw it.

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 27 2008

As posted on www.nowinchicago.com:
If you are looking for unique entertainment, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Steppenwolf theatre is a must see.

This comedic play shows the path of a simple, lonesome woman who picks up the cell...continued

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1 review
4 stars
attended May 30 2008

loved it....great writing by Sarah wonderful story......

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 26 2008

Would not recommend "Dead Man's Cell Phone." Very disjointed, although it had a few humorous lines. The play is just not very engaging.

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148 reviews
96 stars
attended Jun 11 2008

It had a few really good scenes, but overall, it was uneven. Some scenes seemed unfinished; the actor playing Jean was over-the-top in her performance (which I thought made her unbelievable).

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69 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 21 2008

The visuals are fabulous. The play itself is a fairy-tale for adults, with strong moralizing themes. If you're into that sort of thing, guess it was okay.

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 02 2008

The language was terrible and really didn't add anything to the dialog. We found the play boring and left at intermission. I expected to laugh and have a good time - I had neither and neither did my husband. I was completely disappointed as...continued

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Andrea L
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92 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 07 2008

First act was very good, but second act dragged A LOT. It also wandered too much.

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26 reviews
60 stars
attended May 10 2008

Well acted play.
The soliloquy in the 2nd act could have been shortened or eliminated.

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24 reviews
5 stars
attended Jul 06 2008

good time, funny, bizzare, quirky, strange

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18 reviews
48 stars
attended Jul 02 2008

The title of this show is great-I couldn't wait to see it. The show itself was quite a let-down, though. The first act was kind of funny in an awkward way-if you like awkward humor. The second act was horrible...there aren't words to describe...continued

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17 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 03 2008

A very interesting idea for a play. The staging was very creative and good, and the actors were good, but the play really struggled with tone and consistency. Some of the writing was very clever, but at other times the dialogue just seemed...continued

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15 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 03 2008

A little slow but decent overall.

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12 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 17 2008

This play gets high marks for it's originality!

The cast is engaging and entertaining, and you feel yourself rooting for them all. Humor is sprinkled throughout the play....and true to Steppenwolf it was an all-over great experience.

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11 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 14 2008

Amusing production that lacked that certain spark. Great cast and performance.

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8 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 18 2008

I was sorely disappointed with this play. I believe most of the patrons sitting near me felt the same, as I heard grumblings..."this is just awful", "this is too weird", "can this get any worse?" etc. Two women seated to my immediate right left...continued

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