For the past several years, playwright Sarah Ruhl has sent audiences some exemplary text messagesdark and winsome dramas such as The Clean House and Eurydice. In her latest play, Dead Mans Cell Phone, opening at Playwrights Horizons, shes calling up themes of contemporary anomie in this story of a young woman who pockets the phone of a recently deceased man. By listening in on his voicemail messages, she comes to know the dead man and his family. Gradually, our heroine begins to suspect that the dearly departed maybe wasnt so dear after all. Director Anne Bogart has dialed up a remarkable cast, including Mary-Louise Parker, Kathleen Chalfant, and Bill Camp. A cell-phone ballet also features.
Feb. 10-March 23, 2008