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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_calendar/item/dead_mans_cell_phone

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. 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 and off-center romantic comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and one of America’s hottest new playwrights, Sarah Ruhl. A lonely woman is forced to confront her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world as she steps into the life of a dead man by taking his cell phone calls. What starts as a moment of frustration quickly turns into a bond of curious loyalty when Jean finds herself caught in the middle of another man’s tangled web of relationships and family. Acting as his mouthpiece, Jean soon discovers different types of connections that go beyond the physical, tapping into the psychological, the emotional and even…the afterlife. June 5 – June 30; International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach CA 90802; $29-$45; 562-436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.com

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