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  In The Canyon at Broadway Armory

In The Canyon

Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway Chicago

IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on abortion, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.

Presented by Jackalope Theatre

Thru - Nov 25, 2018

Price: $5 - $25

Show Type: Drama

  In The Canyon Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...West’s ultimate optimism — there is only so much dystopia you can take — actually manifests itself through recollection, the hope that when they come and take away your films and freedoms they still will be obliged to leave your memories alone and let you pass them on to your children. Sure. Hopefully."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Still, the urgency of West's disturbing vision is affecting, especially in director Elly Green's passionate, streamlined production, which features some of the most convincing performances I've seen on a Jackalope stage. If it falters in the finish, it's still a hell of a journey."
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Justin Hayford

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...In the Canyon sees the dystopian darkness of the future as the endpoint of a rapidly dimming present. As Hope notes, the world has always been this way-just at a lower volume. The most viscerally disturbing moment in the whole show comes when a pregnant woman (Paloma Nozicka) is forced by two men to stand up against her will, despite her loud and angry protestations. That scene is set in 2017."
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Alex Huntsberger

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The brilliance in her script is how West talks about choice and regret. There’s no indulging in the fallacy that all folks who’ve had an abortion regret it. “I don’t regret anything,” is a common mantra throughout. And choice is discussed as the choice to live the life the characters want, to have children or not have children, if and when they are ready, to not allow circumstances to destroy their own futures."
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Emma Couling

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...In the Canyon is a well-balanced, complex piece of art supported by an amazing cast and precision crew. Calamity West manages to hook you in and get you comfortable only to take you places no one wants to see clearly. At any point in a story like this one, you could lose your audience if too hamfisted, too unrealistic or too melodramatic, but West and the cast manage to keep a steady hand to the wheel, as the heat turns up in this nightmare slowly at first, reaching a real boiling point and managing to leave viewers with a lingering sense of dread, and hopefully, the means to see through the fog that it’s time to take action."
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Marielle Shaw

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...A strong ensemble and striking script make In the Canyon, in this writer's opinion, a play to see. West responds to the current moment with warnings and questions, inviting the audience to participate in the dialogue that has already begun. At the very least, the events that ensue are certainly unforgettable."
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Lauren Katz

Rescripted - Highly Recommended

"...In the Canyon is about the consequences, not only of our actions but also of our inaction, on everything from climate change to reproductive rights. It examines both the impending scarcity of resources and the collapse of due process and constitutional protections. This crisis is upon us. A crisis we could have prevented. But, although there is much to despair here, ultimately this play is grounded in West’s worldview that faith, love and the courage of our convictions are our most powerful weapons against tyranny and the most important legacy we have to pass to future generations."
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Hallie Palladino

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