Can You Hear Me Now?

The Victorians had Ouija boards, mediums and other manifestations of the afterlife. Our digitized era has its own ectoplasms — Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts that survive their progenitors, phones that beep after hearts stop beating. The latter is the premise of Sarah Ruhl’s new play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, filled with the same cheeky humor that powered her In the Next Room recently at the Unicorn. When a man dies sitting up in a café, the stranger at the next table feels compelled to answer his ringing phone and becomes entangled with the goner’s mother, wife, mistress and brother. Produced by the Lawrence Arts Center’s resident theater company, Dead Man’s Cell Phone rings in Kansas City just once, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fishtank Performance Studio (1715 Wyandotte). Tickets cost $15. Call 785-843-2787.— Grace Suh

Fri., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2011