Dreams from a Dead City

theatre · company of strangers · Ages 17+ · United States

world premiere
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SARAH ABEL uncertified reviewer June 14, 2011
I saw the show on Saturday night. It had a lot of fun moments. The actress who played "I" was really great. I thought use of cell phones with the audience was a nice spin on things. ... full review
SARAH ARCHER uncertified reviewer June 14, 2011
Dreams from a Dead City is an expansive, yet tightly contained, production. The performances are energetic, and the interactive elements are genuinely innovative, making for a unique theatrical experience. Definitely recommended!... full review
ABIGAIL USELDING uncertified reviewer June 15, 2011
I got the chance to see "Dreams from a Dead City," this past weekend, and it was a fantastic experience. The show is well written and well acted. It is, in turns, funny, sad and terrifying - and then, somehow all three simultaneously. Perhaps most importantly, as I left the theatre, its' premise kept me thinking. The actors are geniunely engaged with the writing and allow the audience to be geniunely engaged as well. It's a fantastic production, and I expect I'll be back in the audience a couple more times before it closes!... full review
CHRISTOPHER RIVAS uncertified reviewer June 24, 2011
A little odd, a little charming, and a little confusing at times. Dreams From a Dead City is the most "Fringey"of all the shows I've seen so far. I'm still not 100% sure what it's about, but I was interested the whole time. The acting is well done overall, Sarah Vannest shines the brightest as "Radio."... full review
SUMMER SINCLAIR uncertified reviewer June 27, 2011
June 23, 2011 performance of "Dreams from a Dead City" was a highly innovative theatre experience in the cellular matrix. Receiving a phone call as an audience member, while speaking to the actors onstage was eerie fun. The director instructing the audience to tweet during the show was a valiant attempt to connect to today's young hipsters. Honestly, I only tweeted once because I was engrossed in the onstage performers, who did a terrific job. In the age of Iphones, Facebook and Youtube, is theatre relevant? Which was a message I gleaned from this new work, directed and co-written by the talented Joe Luis Cedillo. Or does each work of art, creation, invention die out when the next latest and greatest technology takes it's place, like t... full review
SAMANTHA SHADA certified reviewer June 20, 2011
Absurdist theater: difficult to perform-yes, difficult to write-even more so. Greg and Joe surmounted the absurdist form by creating a world of unanswered questions in DREAMS FROM A DEAD CITY, an allegory for the modern state of identity through technology. Though absurdism is never easy to swallow (especially near midnight after a day starting at 7AM) the audience interactive elements of the show fed my multitasking, ADD habits and kept me engaged throughout the abstract performance. Though the interactive technologies were rough in spots and required a lot on the part of the participants (first key to viral interaction -- be sure everyone has the right tag words,) the use of modern technology added a necessary layer of physicality to an ... full review
THEATRE UNLEASHED certified reviewer June 21, 2011
As both a theatre artist and patron for almost twenty years now, the idea of leaving my cell phone on during a show is absolutely horrifying, for fear of it going off. However in Dreams from a Dead City, you are not only encouraged to leave your phone on, but even answer it if someone calls. Scandalous! This show is a fascinating analysis of morality, mortality and the nature of existence in the digital age. Does "Cognito, ergo sum" apply when the entire sum of your mass can be measured in electrons and lines of code? I loved the interactive elements of the show - audience members getting calls from actors on stage or planted in the house, being encouraged to shoot video of the performance and replay it at certain points, etc. However,... full review