The Last Exodus of American Men | Elsewhere Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 30 2008
Phone: 312-933-1995
Price: $10-$15
Like most efforts from young companies, Jackalope Theater’s ambitious debut has its share of hesitant performances, bargain-basement set pieces, and clumsy scene changes. But it also includes four nuanced, engrossing lead performances that make those problems seem trivial. This quasi-fantastical piece by first-time playwright Andrew Burden Swanson focuses on four troubled teens on the lam from juvenile detention just as the United States faces nuclear annihilation. Swanson may be only 20, but he turns such potentially melodramatic material into a morally and theatrically complex journey into the darker recesses of the American psyche. Directors Kaiser Zaki Ahmed and Gus Menary ground the intermittently hallucinogenic action in real emotion. Jackalope is a company to watch. —Justin Hayford



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