Cell Phone Funeral (I'll Text You When I'm Dead)

While frivolous gay boy Zackery (Gabriel Loup) is out cruising L.A. in his SUV, he’s so distracted by the cute number in the next car that he inadvertently runs over Patrick (Miles Nevin, seen only in a huge photo cutout). Patrick’s East Coast family, including his alcoholic mother (Trudy Forbes), his straight brother (JP Hubbell) and his pill-popping aunt (Meredith Thomas), head west to plan his last rites. Since they haven’t seen him in years, and know nothing of his life, they must use his cell phone to broadcast funeral invitations to everybody on his calling list. The result is a very odd service, held at the Six Feet Under Spa, with its aggressively fey proprietor (Mauricio Sanchez). Mourners include a Latino trick (Carlitos DeSouto), a superflamboyant drag queen (Aaron Barrera) wearing enough sequins, glitter and rhinestones to stock a Vegas spectacular, and a gay priest (Hubbell), among others. An oddball gay guardian angel (Akiva David) keeps the pot boiling. John Patrick Trapper’s haphazard script features a welter of broad stereotypes, gay clichés and ribald one-liners, and director Julie Nunis provides a cheerfully slapdash production. But the piece has found its audience, who seemed to find much of it hilarious. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 & 10 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 17, 2008


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