This was a definitely good play that had some interesting themes to it. Sarah Ruhl uses a technique in writing called without a fourth wall. This means that most plays are written in a style that "puts a wall" between the play and the audience. In this play that wall does not exist.

It starts with a woman meeting a man whose dead. She takes his cell. The first part of the play nothing is mentioned about the dead man's life. In the second act much is revealed about him. He deals in organs taken from victims and sold on the black market. He had a wife and at least one mistress.

The cell phone was an interesting object. It really points to how humans have a tendency to paint an image of someone in their mind of what that person is off incomplete knowledge of them. People do not even realize that they are doing it most of the time. This imagery helps them to understand the person better, or at least as they subconsciously feel they want to, and this leads in life to a lot of misunderstandings if you do not realize that you are doing it. This is also a key contributor to how we communicate with others as we use this image to key in things we speak to them about and also the actual wording that we use.

The first act was funny and intelligent as the main character begins to try to understand the person's cell phone she picked up. The second act was moving along great. I was really getting a sense of the character and how it was going to be wrapped up and then I got a migraine and had to leave the play early...with about 30-45 minutes left. I did not realize what was happening until I got home but I was glad that the person I was with was able to finish the play.

I liked to play a lot to the point I had to leave and it is too bad that it happened...but what the hell can you do...once it started I could not think straight and did not know what was happening but knew I needed to get home and figure it out. It was a poor ending to an otherwise great time.

 


 

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