Daughter | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sundays. Continues through Feb. 17 2013
Price: $12-$15
Playwright Paul William Brennan chose to write from the vantage point of a 79-year-old woman, and the result is a bloodless two-hander. Hospitalized and on the point of death, the woman is being interviewed by an unaccountably hostile student who asks bad questions—and gets bad answers. Of course, the responsibility for her vague philosophical responses falls on Brennan’s shoulders. A flowery, dreamy description of a young husband’s death lacks context and communicates nothing. A claim that ten-year-olds are incapable of understanding death is a cop-out. In his 1884 essay “The Art of Fiction,” Henry James famously touted “the power to guess the unseen from the seen” and advised, “Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Much is lost here, and God is in the details. —Laura Molzahn.



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