Dreams from a Dead City

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

world premiere
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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