Dead Man's Cell Phone, a Quirky Comedy by Sarah Ruhl
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Set in the French Antilles, this one-act musical from the creators of Ragtime and Seussical combines elements of both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid. The result is an exhilarating calypso-tinged story filled with infectious rhythms, rousing dance and exuberant theatricality. The Tony-nominated hit chronicles the fairy-tale love of a young peasant girl for a handsome young aristocrat -- a love that leads her to save him from death. As the gods debate the star-crossed lovers' fate, the islanders gather to sing and celebrate the hope of the human spirit. Learn More
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We thought this would be a fun play, quirky and funny, perhaps. But what the playwright thought was quirky we thought was dumb and uncompelling. The main character wasn't an interesting one. The acting was fine, although lines were over enunciated. We did laugh some, we apprecaited the good sets, professional lighting, good costuming and some of the characters who were mildly interesting. The characters did seem too typed, too cliche. I expected more from the playwright. I don't fault the theater company at all, truly think it was the material. We left at the intermission.
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I totally agree with one of your reviewers--the play itself was dreadful and the performances even worse. We almost walked out at intermission, but hate to do that--now wish we had. Second act had a promising beginning by quickly faded out.
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Lennon Smith
In this technologically obsessed world of staying connected, would you answer a dead guy’s incessantly ringing cell phone at the next table in an otherwise quiet café? Jean does, and soon finds herself dating the dead man’s brother, sharing cosmopolitans with his widow, and rendezvousing with his mistress. Jean’s never-to-be-imagined odyssey takes her to hell and back as she sets the dead man’s bizarre life to rights — and in the process resurrects her own.
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.