Canyon

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Thu Mar 21, 8:00pm
Fri Mar 22, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 23, 8:00pm
Sun Mar 24, 4:00pm

In a backyard deep within a canyon during Labor Day weekend 2016 — before everything in America changed — we meet a newlywed couple and a Mexican father and son as they all try their best to find a better view. IAMA Theatre Company partners with the Latino Theater Company to present an immersive staging of this driving new play that takes a look at what happens when two families are rocked by an unpredictable accident that changes their lives forever. A look at gender, citizenship, and the costs of trying to live a conventional American life. Feb. 22 through March 24 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $20-$38; For reservations and information, call (866) 811-4111 or go to http://thelatc.org.

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Reviews

Patrick Chavis
"The show is a ballet of different perspectives and thoughts, but it doesn't feel thrown in there--it works in the template created by this play."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Why do racial assumptions and inherent distrust bubble up whenever people feel their property is at risk? Playwright Jonathan Caren takes that situation to illustrate how quickly trust – and intercultural relationships – can unravel. An upwardly mobile couple, Jake (Adam Shapiro) and Beth (Christine Woods) employs Eduardo (Geoffrey Rivas), a hard-working Latino contractor with his son, Rodrigo (Luca Oriel), to expand his deck over a scenic canyon. Will (Brandon Scott), visiting with Dahlia (Stefanie Black), fuels suspicion when Eduardo suffers an accident at their home and the stage is set for misunderstanding. Caren’s writing is so visceral that one almost wants to jump out of the audience and throttle his characters. In the wake of NIMBY protests over proposed homeless shelters, this play conveys a timely message."

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


"There are three family units in this show, Eduardo and son Rodrigo, Jake and Beth, and Will and Dahlia. All are tested beyond their comfort zones, especially after an accident that happens at the house. Director Whitney White keeps the pace moving throughout the show, especially during the most dramatic scenes."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


"With nuance and a deep understanding of some of Los Angeles’ biggest issues, the play traverses some of the city’s longstanding racial and socioeconomic problems in a fair and thoughtful manner. A play with no real heroes or villains, instead, “Canyon” explores the issues with the melting pot utopia fantasy... Well-paced and sharply written, “Canyon” is an absolutely brilliant play and a slice of life in Los Angeles. It’s the type of play you can’t wait to talk about with whomever you watched it with."

sweet - Francisco Reyes - LOL LA - ...read full review


"The in-the-round staging means that not everybody in the audience can catch every significant expression, but director Whitney White choreographs the action with a sure hand and deft comic timing. The play stumbles only at the very end, but by then “Canyon” has unnervingly reminded us: None of us really knows how we’d behave in a crisis."

sweet - Margaret Gray - LA Times - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"With a kind of diabolical genius, Caren intertwines all these characters in a whirlwind of secrets, pretenses, self-congratulation, doubt and accusation. What seems at first to be a fairly routine negotiation of roles in relationships becomes toxic after an unpredictable construction accident while Eduardo is at the house building a new retaining wall and enlarging the deck so that the view of the canyon will not be partial but complete. Jake and Eduardo show their cross-cultural male solidarity joking that “Every man wants a bigger deck, right?”"

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


"Canyon tells a touching tale that highlights family and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. It also does a wonderful job of exposing how quickly people abandon practicing what they preach when they feel trapped."

sweet - Julie Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"CANYON is a superb depiction of ordinary people who face extraordinary challenges. Dollops of humor help alleviate the pain inherent in such an exploration."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Jonathan Caren’s terrific, tightly plotted script puts it all on the table, served up and steaming, played with gusto by a first class cast of superb actors. Their performances are subtle and searing, comedic early on and increasingly dark as the existential nightmare tightens."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"As he did in The Recommendation and Need To Know, playwright Caren proves himself a master at keeping an audience on the edge of their seats while providing plenty of food for thought. Expect to be riveted throughout, and reflecting on Canyon long after its devastating fade to black."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"The show is a ballet of different perspectives and thoughts, but it doesn't feel thrown in there--it works in the template created by this play."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Why do racial assumptions and inherent distrust bubble up whenever people feel their property is at risk? Playwright Jonathan Caren takes that situation to illustrate how quickly trust – and intercultural relationships – can unravel. An upwardly mobile couple, Jake (Adam Shapiro) and Beth (Christine Woods) employs Eduardo (Geoffrey Rivas), a hard-working Latino contractor with his son, Rodrigo (Luca Oriel), to expand his deck over a scenic canyon. Will (Brandon Scott), visiting with Dahlia (Stefanie Black), fuels suspicion when Eduardo suffers an accident at their home and the stage is set for misunderstanding. Caren’s writing is so visceral that one almost wants to jump out of the audience and throttle his characters. In the wake of NIMBY protests over proposed homeless shelters, this play conveys a timely message."

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


"There are three family units in this show, Eduardo and son Rodrigo, Jake and Beth, and Will and Dahlia. All are tested beyond their comfort zones, especially after an accident that happens at the house. Director Whitney White keeps the pace moving throughout the show, especially during the most dramatic scenes."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


"With nuance and a deep understanding of some of Los Angeles’ biggest issues, the play traverses some of the city’s longstanding racial and socioeconomic problems in a fair and thoughtful manner. A play with no real heroes or villains, instead, “Canyon” explores the issues with the melting pot utopia fantasy... Well-paced and sharply written, “Canyon” is an absolutely brilliant play and a slice of life in Los Angeles. It’s the type of play you can’t wait to talk about with whomever you watched it with."

sweet - Francisco Reyes - LOL LA - ...read full review


"The in-the-round staging means that not everybody in the audience can catch every significant expression, but director Whitney White choreographs the action with a sure hand and deft comic timing. The play stumbles only at the very end, but by then “Canyon” has unnervingly reminded us: None of us really knows how we’d behave in a crisis."

sweet - Margaret Gray - LA Times - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"With a kind of diabolical genius, Caren intertwines all these characters in a whirlwind of secrets, pretenses, self-congratulation, doubt and accusation. What seems at first to be a fairly routine negotiation of roles in relationships becomes toxic after an unpredictable construction accident while Eduardo is at the house building a new retaining wall and enlarging the deck so that the view of the canyon will not be partial but complete. Jake and Eduardo show their cross-cultural male solidarity joking that “Every man wants a bigger deck, right?”"

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


"Canyon tells a touching tale that highlights family and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. It also does a wonderful job of exposing how quickly people abandon practicing what they preach when they feel trapped."

sweet - Julie Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"CANYON is a superb depiction of ordinary people who face extraordinary challenges. Dollops of humor help alleviate the pain inherent in such an exploration."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Jonathan Caren’s terrific, tightly plotted script puts it all on the table, served up and steaming, played with gusto by a first class cast of superb actors. Their performances are subtle and searing, comedic early on and increasingly dark as the existential nightmare tightens."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"As he did in The Recommendation and Need To Know, playwright Caren proves himself a master at keeping an audience on the edge of their seats while providing plenty of food for thought. Expect to be riveted throughout, and reflecting on Canyon long after its devastating fade to black."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review