Dead Man's Cell Phone Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 27 2014

The fledgling Enthusiasts Theatre Company makes its debut with this low-budget, small-scale rendition of Sarah Ruhl's very uneven 2007 comedy. Last seen in Chicago six years ago at Steppenwolf, it follows the emotional journey of Jean, who answers the annoying cell phone of the man sitting next to her when he won't. After realizing that the fellow is dead, Jean takes the phone and tracks down his survivors—mother, brother, mistress, and wife—since, apparently, Jean has no life (or cell phone) of her own. Essentially a series of sketches illustrating the paradoxes of modern life—the difficulties people have making connections even when we're all connected—the play is sometimes absurd, sometimes fantastical, sometimes sentimental, but almost never convincing, certainly not in this earnest but erratically paced production directed by Toma Tavares Langston. —Albert Williams

Price: $20

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