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Best Consequence of a Cell Phone Ringing 

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Cell phones can be helpful, and they can be annoying—but did you know they can be the inspiration for great theater? That was proven indisputably in September 2011, when Chicken Lipps Productions and Studio Connections gave us Sarah Ruhl's incisive and hilarious tale Dead Man's Cell Phone, about what happens when a young woman answers the incessantly ringing cell phone of a man propped up in a coffee shop. Ruhl, arguably the best young playwright in the United States, uses language simultaneously surreal and credible to show us how we connect—or don't—in this age of digital agility. Actress Carrie Hill was an utter delight; director Laura Lippman captured the sensibility of the script; and the ensemble created one of the best productions of the season.

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