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Alley Theater, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

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Dead Man's Cell Phone

Closed May 10, 2020 is the act of answering a phone that draws Jean into the mysteries of life, death and the varieties of love, from the compassion for a stranger that an overheard conversation can evoke to the continuing challenge of romantic intimacy.

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A Biting Satire On Modern Technology

The Tony Award-winning, Houston-based Alley Theatre company ushers in a new era under the leadership of their brand new artistic director Rob Melrose, commencing with their 2019/20 season. Fusing the talented performers of the team with fresh perspectives and new voices, the groundbreaking program offers extraordinary glimpses of multiple eras, different countries and diverse cultures. The season continues on the Hubbard stage with the hilarious yet deeply moving comedy Dead Man's Cell Phone, written by MacArthur fellow Sarah Ruhl. 

The oddball comedy flits between the hysterical, the bitingly satirical and the profound in its exploration of the paradoxical nature of technology - how it can unite people and isolate them at the same time. Things get off to an outrageous start when a man dies at a cafe. He may have shuffled off this mortal coil but his cell phone won't stop ringing, much to the annoyance of Jean, a woman sat at the table next to it. When she decides to pick it up she is suddenly caught up in a complex web that connects the man's wife, his mother, his brother and his mistress...

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Opening night: 17 April 2020

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