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  Dead Man's Cell Phone at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Dead Man's Cell Phone

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical

Presented by The Comrades

Thru - Mar 10, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  Dead Man's Cell Phone Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The Comrades' production, directed by Arianna Soloway, strikes the ideal balance between ordinary and uncanny that this play requires. Cydney Moody is delicately sympathetic as Jean in a grown-up Wonderland. Caroline Latta is batty and outsize as Gordon's mother, Lynette Li a loose cannon of a wound-up woman as Hermia, Gordon's wife. Bryan Breau makes the most of his momentary manifestation as Gordon. And the cell-phone ballet of Ruhl's script is indicated throughout, the familiar transition of transmission made strangely wonderful."
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Irene Hsiao

NewCity Chicago - Not Recommended

"...And Ruhlís language? Itís rarely connected to the castís emotional life. Instead, itís burdened with subtext, a little too grave to be anything else. The big exception is Breauís fantastically skeezy Gordon. But heís dead for the first half of the show. By the second, weíve already understood that these characters are serious people with serious issues. When we look harder past that we see the artistic thinness at the heart of this show."
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Jay Van Ort - Highly Recommended

"...Jean continues to answer more phone calls from relatives and business associates. She soon becomes enmeshed in the family and its affairs, and what we learn are Gordon's unseemly business dealings. That set-up was enough to make me see this play for a second time - I had been so thrilled by Steppenwolf's 2008 production that I bought the script and rave about the play - it has also made me a fan of Ruhl, a Macarthur Genius and Yale drama professor."
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Bill Esler

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Dead Man's Cell Phone runs 90 minutes with no intermission and you will not be checking your phone (or watch if you're old school) to see if it's almost over. Soloway's actors are all notable, and performances by Moody and Latta are particularly strong. Latta is adorably gloomy as the fur- and velvet-wearing Mrs. Gottlieb and Moody is simply believable as the lonely woman whose life is rejuvenated by a stranger's cell phone."
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Nancy Bishop

Chicago Theater and Arts - Recommended

"...This is an absurd tongue-in-cheek noir-style, dark comedic drama directed by Arianna Soloway. It features the winsome, inquisitive and inventive Cydney Moody as "plain Jane" Jean who is perhaps being a bit voyeuristic but also just wants to make people feel better. In the process, she finds herself more involved than she probably expected."
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Jodie Jacobs

Chicago On Stage - Somewhat Recommended

"...The actors (who also include Lynette Li, Mike Newquist and Valeria Rosero) are good, but too many opportunities are missed. A play about the ways in which we distance ourselves from each other need not feel distant, but more often than not that's how I felt. Like a cell phone that drops a call, too much here seems to fall into empty space."
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Karen Topham

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