By Sean Grennan.
Directed by Linda Fortunato.
At The Theatre At The Center, Munster.
Tear-jerker and funny family drama is an uplifting joy.
Actor/playwright Sean Grennan’s latrst work, The Tin Woman is added to the impressive list of plays that include Married Alive!, A Dog’s Life , Another Night Before Christmas, Beer for Breakfast, As Long As We Both Shall Live. His popular play Making God Laugh was produced a few years ago at The Theatre At The Center.
The Tin Woman is a work inspired by a true story, it’s a heartwarming comedy that is a smartly crafted blend of family drama, humor and hope. Joy (Erin Noel Grennan – the playwright’s sister) has had a heart transplant and during her recovery she is questioning her second chance in life. She is depressed because she can’t come to grips with why she was given another chance to live.
Eventually, she sends a note to the family of her donor. That family was also struggled to deal with the loss of Jack (Doogin Brown), a 36 year old man also searching for his place in life. Hank (Steve Pickering) and Alice ( Annabel Armour) are the parents who can’t seem to function nor come to peace with losing Jack.
When they agree to meet with Joy, the awakwardness becomes funny and heartfelt. Playright Sean Grennan skillfully weaves comedy, truthfulness and pathos into a moving play. He is aided by excellent work from Erin Noel Grennan, Steve Pickering and Annabel Armour. All the player’s come to terms with what it means to truly give one’s heart. This work honestly demanstrates the power of the human spitit to manifest hope. The Tin Woman is a wonderful theatrical experience, don’t miss it!
At The Theatre At The Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, IN, call 219-836-3255, www.theatreatthecenter.com, tickets $40 – $44, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 2 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30 pm with select Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees. Running time is 1 hour, 55 minutes with intermission.