Ella and Hank Harding have drowned. Or have they? After a boating accident that left them both clinically dead, the resuscitated couple now find themselves at a strange remote institute where life isn't what it used to be. An ode to Chekhov, Beckett, and Rod Serling, Love and Drowning explores the phenomenon of near-death experience and its impact on people's lives. 2012 playwright-in-residence Will Dunne is the author of The Ascension of Carlotta which premiered at 16th Street in Season One 2008.
Presented by 16th Street Theater
Love and Drowning Review Round-Up
Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended
"...Although Dunne's characters are well drawn and well acted (Andy Lutz kills as a surfer boy with a death wish), his narrative unfolds way too slowly. Anyone familiar with stories set in the afterlife (Sartre's No Exit, the Eagles' "Hotel California") will be able to anticipate a lot of Dunne's so-called surprises. Still, he does manage some wonderfully moving moments—most of them focused on the central character, an emotionally numb wife (ably played by Molly Glynn) attempting to deal with her drab, deadening marriage."
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Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended
"... There is something special on stage at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater. It is a sharp, intimate look into people’s lives ( and perhaps, even deaths) in Will Dunne’s intriguing new play,”Love and Drowning”. “Love” is a story about a couple, Ella( The lovely and strong Molly Glynn) and Hank (deftly handled by Malcolm Callan) appear to have drowned in a boating accident and find themselves resuscitated, residing in some eerie institute in the middle of nowhere."
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This show has been Jeff Recommended*
|*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.