Playwright Sarah Ruhl has a different way of looking at things. The combination of myth, magical realism, contemporary drama, and a playful tone in most of her plays has made her a favorite with New York audiences. She’s best known in Charleston for a PURE Theatre production of Eurydice, her retelling of the Orpheus in the underworld story from the tragic heroine’s point of view. It showed a canny understanding of the language of theater and the workings of father-daughter relationships.
This year the Village Playhouse is tackling a newer Ruhl play, 2007’s Dead Man’s Cellphone. It starts with a can’t-miss Hollywood premise — a girl answering the phone of the dead man next to her — then takes it to bizarre and heartfelt places. According to Producing Artistic Director Keely Enright, “There’s a very quirky, otherworldly element outside of the realistic realm that we usually do. It’s also incredibly sweet and poignant, with commentary about our times. It’s different, but it works perfectly in our space.” —Nick Smith