Sarah Ruhl is one of America's hottest playwrights, the winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant, an incredibly theatrical writer whose plays (including The Clean House, Passion Play and Eurydice) have earned her a reputation for being adventurous, emotionally provocative and intellectually engaging. The only professional production of a Ruhl play thus far in South Florida was the Caldwell Theatre Company's Clean House in April 2007. But that will soon change.
Plantation's Mosaic Theatre, which has just kicked off its 2008-2009 season with a terrific production of August Wilson's Radio Golf, has dropped its planned production of David Mamet's vintage A Life in the Theater and replaced it with Ruhl's most recent hot play, Dead Man's Cell Phone. The play, which debuted at Washington D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and played at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons last spring, is a mind-bending comedy about a woman who answers a dead man's ringing cell phone, only to embark on a journey through his past.
The play will run at Mosaic Feb. 26-March 22, part of a season that includes Conor McPherson's recent Broadway hit The Seafarer, Winter Miller's In Darfur and Neil LaBute's In a Dark, Dark House.
Artistic director Richard Jay Simon knows a good season when he has one, so at this point, Mosaic is selling only season subscriptions (not single tickets) for the plays beyond Radio Golf. Prices are $149 for the five shows ($128 for seniors 65 and older, $64 for fulltime students); for a regular subscription, that represents a savings of $26. For info, call 954-577-8243 or visit Mosaic's web site.