Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens tonight at the ETC

Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens tonight at 7:30pm at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati in the heart of Over-the-Rhine’s Gateway Quarter. The production will run now through October 25 and is the regional premiere for the show.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is described as a “dark-edged new comedy about a woman who answers a dead man’s cell phone and finds her life turned upside down,” and is the winner of the 2008 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical.

In the production, Jean, an unsuspecting young woman in a quite café, answers an incessantly ringing cell phone, after discovering that its owner has “entered a dead zone.” Intrigued, she becomes ensnarled in the dead man’s life, attending his funeral and meeting his insanely eccentric family. Soon, Jean is going on a date with his brother, a drinking binge with his wife, and a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress–not to mention trips to the afterlife and the black market!

Tickets start at just $30 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings; $35 for Saturday and Sunday matinees; and $40 for opening night, Friday and Saturday evenings. Children 12 years or younger get in for just $16, and both students and seniors receive $3 off regular prices. You can purchase your tickets now by visiting the ETC’s box office (map) that is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, and two hours prior to each show. You can also call the box office at (513) 421-3555 or purchase your tickets online.

Automobile parking is available on surrounding streets, in the Gateway Quarter parking lot at 12th & Vine, and at the Gateway Parking Garage which can be accessed from 12th Street or Central Parkway. Bicycle parking is also available in the immediate vicinity of the theatre, bus service from Metro is also available. Plan your trip now using Metro’s Trip Planner.

BONUS TIP: Hit up Lavomatic Cafe, located a half-block away, before hand for some great wine or dinner before the show and make it a complete evening.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.