New Comedy Smartphones Exposes Modern-Day Cell Phone Addiction

News   New Comedy Smartphones Exposes Modern-Day Cell Phone Addiction
 
Washington D.C.'s Ambassador Theater is staging a new play about contemporary cell phone and social media addiction. Emilio Williams' absurdist comedy Smartphones presents two couples who are unable to communicate as a consequence of such an addiction.

Smartphones began performances Oct. 20 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, D.C., and officially opened Oct. 22. The production is helmed by Helen Hayes winner Joe Banno and produced by Hanna Bondarewska.

Here's how Ambassador describes the play: "Two couples addicted to social media and self-gratification get too close for comfort stuck in a house of their elusive friend, who may never arrive. While waiting for Fede and pestering their smartphones to 'death,' the group begin to lose their cool. The lies are exposed, masks dropped, secret desires revealed in this fast paced comedy too ridiculous to be true, or is it?"

The cast of Smartphones features Bondarewska, Ariana Almajan, Bruce Rauscher, Shravan Amin, Moriah Whiteman and Tekle Ghebremeschel.

The themes of Williams' Waiting for Godot-style comedy reflect recent theatre news in which audience cell-phone usage has disrupted performances. Read about how Spring Awakening star Krysta Rodriguez reacted to an audience member who was filming during her performance last weekend

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