Chagrin Falls is a small town in Oklahoma where you can work at either the slaughterhouse or the prison where executions take place. Either way, your work involves death on a regular basis. The friendly residents try to keep happy, but it’s very difficult to avoid being ruined by this town. We learn about all the people living in Chagrin Falls along with a female graduate student in town to do a story on the man scheduled for execution. She gets a full picture of what it is like to live in this town along with learning a lot about herself. The definition of chagrin is a feeling of being frustrated or annoyed because of failure or disappointment which many of the characters have.
The production of this play is done fantastically by The Agency Theatre Collective. The casting is spot on as each actor fully embodies their character. Jennifer Cheung as Patrice greatly shows the eagerness of a journalist student trying to prove herself. Denise Hoeflich as Irene exemplifies the town mother as the owner of the hotel trying to take care of everyone. Robert Koon as Riley excellently portrays the recently retired man wrestling his demons. Joe Lino as Reverend Johnny does his best to bring joy and peace to everyone. Merrick Robison as Henry is absolutely delightful as the one resident able to keep a smile on his face. And finally, Cody Lucas as Thaddeus is extraordinary as he tries to keep himself together just long enough to escape this town.
Take a trip to Chagrin Falls now through December 11th!