"Caged by Life, Cowed by Death"
A Review of Chagrin Falls at The Agency Theater Collective
by Irene Hsiao
"...Mia McCullough’s 2001 play “Chagrin Falls” makes clear that the emphatic intensity of country life emerges from its propinquity to death. Residents of the titular Oklahoma town have two options for industry: slaughterhouse or prison. As young prison guard Thaddeus (Cody Lucas) notes, “I can either keep people in cages or kill cows. I never met a cow that did me wrong.”
...Under Sommer Austin’s direction, The Agency Theater Collective presents a production that punches. Every resident of Chagrin Falls seems like they were born behind the bar of Irene’s motel. The relationships are intense and temporary as romances, fraught with untidiness and loss, dark as the guts we pretend not to see and claim not to have."
The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre, 1333 North Milwaukee, (773)680-4596, $28. Through December 11.
Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.
Representing writers since 1928.