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16th Street Theatre
"Robert Koon’s “The Chaplain” is also effective as it paints a world of death and seemingly meaningless destruction among the soldiers of World War II. Through his title character (Richard Henzel), Koon asks the big questions: Where is God when global slaughter unfolds? How do you hang on to your humanity when atrocity engulfs you? How can you believe in a universal goodness when good people are reduced to worm food?"
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. "The evening is rounded out with The Chaplain, Robert Koon's moving tale about one man's attempts to spread holiday blessings on the front lines in World War II."
Matt Holzfeind as Frank and Molly Glynn as Darla in HOMECOMING 1972 at Chicago Dramatists
Photo by Jeff Pines
The woman in this picture is just about as close to an angel as any of us are going to meet in this world. Molly was unfailingly kind and generous to everyone, and had the gift of making everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world. As an actor, her insight and generosity and sheer damn talent were like a spotlight. You couldn't look away from her, you gave a damn about what happened to this woman on stage, it was always the most important thing. As a writer, you were honored by the work she did to lift plays to places that were just on the edges of your vision, those places you can see, but can't imagine ever reaching.
Molly was loved, like few in this business are loved. Her loss to an unthinkable accident sent a shock through the Chicago theatre community--a community known for its closeness--that we have not finished processing, and won't for a while.
I didn't have enough time to know Molly, and I know I am in vast and good company when I say that. We all carry her with us, we won't ever shake her--and that is her last gift to all of us.
You're the best, Molly. You always will be.
OHIO AND THE LAKE:
THE CHICAGO LANDMARK PROJECT
Theatre Seven of Chicago
A father and daughter share an afternoon, prior to her departure for college. When a family tragedy intrudes, the nature of their relationship is challenged.
"In Robert Koon's 'Navy Pier' — which brought me to tears — a father and a daughter find themselves perched on a bench on that promontory, just as the young woman is about to leave for college. "Why did you bring me to Navy Pier?" says the derision-filled daughter (smartly played by Baize Buzan), setting off a big rolling laugh in the Greenhouse Theatre Center on Saturday night, this being a question that most Chicagoans who find themselves there invariably ask. But it turns out that the dad, played by Tim Curtis, has a plan and a lesson from Navy Pier's past, and Koon's play manages to be as populist as the tourist trap and far deeper."
-- Chicago Tribune
Bottletree Theatre (Ontario, Canada)
CYCLIST ATTACKED BY MOUNTAIN LION
Named one of the Top 5 New Plays of 2010
by New City Chicago
VINTAGE RED AND
THE DUST OF THE ROAD
at Voice of the City
3429 W. Diversey, 2nd floor
at Austin Gardens
October 21-December 11
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