CHICAGO -- Tony Kushner doesn't have a monopoly on angels. There's mounting excitement over The Angels of Lemnos, a new play by Chicagoan Jim Henry that debuts Mar. 27 at Chicago Dramatists. Directed by Robin Stanton, who won a 1997 Jeff Citation for her staging of The Glory of Living, the play depicts a childlike man lost in the streets of America. As the mentally handicapped Nathan searches for home and God, The Angels of Lemnos explores such topics as homelessness, spirituality and caregiving.
Even before its opening, Angels has won the Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Competition and the James H. Wilson Full Play Award, as well as prizes from the Midwestern Playwrights' Festival and the DramaRama festival of San Francisco's Playwrights' Center.
-- By Lawrence Bommer