Look around any given American road, and youll notice at least one quarter of the drivers chatting away on their cell phones. You might even spot a truck driver swerving across freeway lanes, text-messaging. Then there are the hands-free zombies, to be found in supermarkets and malls rambling into ear-mounted headsets like air traffic controllers.
The cell phone is at the center of American culture and its the subject of a new play at Mosaic Theater. Sarah Ruhls Dead Mans Cell Phone begins in a café, where a mans mobile is ringing incessantly. A nearby woman, Jean, asks him politely to answer it. But, as Jean discovers, he couldnt possibly do so because hes not breathing. Irritated, she answers the call: He cant come to the phone right now, but can I take a message? Thus begins a quest to unearth the dead mans identity and contact his relatives, using only his cell phone as a sort of black box.
Dead Mans Cell Phone runs February 26 through March 22 at the Mosaic Theater, located at 12200 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation. Tickets cost $35 or less. Call 954-577-8243, or visit mosaictheatre.com.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 27. Continues through March 22, 2009