If your cell phone keeps ringing after you’ve died, does your spirit live on?
“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Orcas Center’s black box explores the beauty and distress of a world dominated by technology.
When Jean goes to confront a man about his phone’s incessant ringing in a restaurant, she finds that he has died and she is plunged into the drama that his phone brings into her life. The play, directed by the capable Robert Hall, will be running at the center in the black box on June 24 and 30 and July 1 at 7:30 p.m. and July 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets fare $17 for adults, $13 for students and $2 off for Orcas Center members at www.orcascenter.org. Subsidized tickets are available at the box office for $5.
Jessica Diamond shines as a newcomer to the Orcas stage. She portrays the sweet, naïve Jean with confidence and humor. Kelly Toombs, who portrays the enigmatic dead man named Gordon, is always a professional on stage, fully at ease and charismatic.
Luann Pamatian is hilarious as Gordon’s meat-loving, dysfunctional mother; Susie Shipman nails her New Jersey accent as Gordon’s wife, Hermia; Travis King is awkwardly endearing as Dwight, the dead man’s brother; and Michelle Cartier is fantastic as Gordon’s exotic, sexy mistress.
There are two outstanding dance numbers in this quirky production, both choreographed by Tiffany Loney. Hall built a dynamite set inspired by atomic art of the 1950s and designed the lights; Shipman and Carol Whitbeck nailed it on the costumes and wigs; Jake Perrine handled the sound.