What Audiences Should Know
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Recommended for ages 16 and up. Intended for mature audiences. Contains strong language and adult themes. As a courtesy to our guests, children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
Approximate Running Time
Act I: 45 minutes.
Intermission: 15 minutes.
Act II: 60 minutes.
This play contains plenty of obscene or offensive language–see the list below for details.
*ss/*ssh*le: spoken 2 times
B*tch/S*n-*f-*-B*tch: spoken 5 times
F*ck/F*ck*ng: spoken 7 times
G*d: spoken 15 times
H*ll: spoken once
Sh*t/Sh*tt*ng: spoken 8 times
There are also a handful of remarks made by different characters which could possibly be viewed as disparaging to the church-going community, Catholics in particular.
Dead Man's Cell Phone contains multiple references to physical violence, most of which is mentioned in dialogue by certain characters, or occurs offstage. These include, but are not limited to, organ harvesting, self-immolation, and verbal threats. The climax of the play includes a fight sequence that involves crawling, hair pulling, and blunt force objects.
As Jean gets to know the dead man's brother, Dwight, there are some romantic moments and kisses shared between them throughout the show. Multiple characters openly acknowledge their affairs and unhappy marriages. There are also occasional discussions between characters regarding sex that are, while surprisingly forward, are only occasionally crass and refreshingly free of innuendo.
Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking
There are three brief instances of social drinking, with cosmopolitans shared between two characters. Bourbon is also drunk upside-down, both onstage and off, in an attempt to cure a character's noisy hiccups. No drugs are smoked or consumed.
Families Can Talk About…
Dead Man's Cell Phone provides a good opportunity to speak with young people about the power that death can have to bring people closer together, as well as the importance of creating true connections in our new digital age.