Dead Man's Cell Phone, A Quirky Comic Adventure at Steppenwolf TheatreSteppenwolf Upstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614)
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The praise for Sir Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Arcadia could not be more effusive. A reviewer from The Daily Telegraph gushed, "I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece." Whereas The Independent wondered if it might be "the greatest play of its time." The reason for such enthusiasm might be found in Stoppard's uncanny blend of brainy discussion and down-to-earth emotion. In this play alive with ideas -- about Byron, entropy, history and heat -- the human characters are never lost or diminished, but somehow made more real by their participation in a conversation that seems to span centuries. Set in a sprawling English country house, Arcadia moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, while characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths. Artistic Director Carey Perloff helms the American Conservatory Theater's dazzling new production of this modern-day masterwork. Learn More
55 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Dec 14 2008
very boring, story very weak
Written on Jul 28 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.
Written on Jul 22 2008
It wasn't what I expected. There were some great comical moments; however the vulgar language didn't really add to the overall storyline.
Written on Jul 20 2008
I feel mixed still the day after seeing this performance. There was so much to really enjoy like the humor, the characters, the play on words as well as names....additionally there was a scene that was completely breathtaking involving paper houses. It was quirky and at times quite compelling, however it left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. I really want to give this performance a higher rating but unfortunately I just cant. There were places in the plot that were somewhat forced and while I thoroughly enjoyed the somewhat bawdy humor you could tell that the audience was not responding in kind. Additionally, I am not sure what the approach of the writer was toward the main character, it was hard to sympathize with her which I think would have made the abrupt turns in the play more forgivable.
If you can get low price tickets for this please by all means go! However I would have been deeply dissatisfied if we had paid full price.
More Information About Dead Man's Cell Phone
Jean is sleepwalking through her life until she answers a dead man’s cell phone. It turns out to be a wake-up call that sends her on a date with the dead man’s brother, a drinking binge with his wife, and a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress--not to mention trips to the afterlife and the black market. In this quirky modern adventure, Jean reconnects to her own spirit and learns that life is for the living.
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jessica Thebus
Sarah Ruhl gained widespread recognition for her play The Clean House, which won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She also won the 2006 MacArthur Fellowship for “creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war." Other plays include Eurydice and Passion Play.
Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance.
About the Ticket Supplier: Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an internationally-renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking, and textual adaptation. Steppenwolf has redefined the landscape of acting and performance by spawning a generation of America's most gifted artists, including Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton and Gary Sinise. No other American theater ensemble has survived as long and thrived as much as the Steppenwolf company of artists, who return home to Chicago to do the work they love.