February 24 - April 2, 2016
Written by Calamity West
Directed by Nate Silver
Featuring: Dana Black, Abby Pierce, and Ann James
When Valerie’s groundbreaking story about a sexual assault is revealed to be a possible fraud, this renowned journalist returns to her small-town childhood home to hide from the relentless spotlight of the media and threats against her own safety – only to find the scrutiny of home to be just as sinister. This dark comedy from Calamity West shatters the boundary between public and private misogyny and asks: where can you run when you’re not welcome at home?
★★★ "very fresh, smart - and sometimes genuinely moving...[West], I think is one of the most talented of the youthful Chicago playwrights of the moment."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
★★★★ "a fantastic production...Black plays Valerie with the perfect combination of volcanic emotionality and thin-skinned sensitivity...The cast around her is uniformly strong as well."
Time Out Chicago
"An engrossing new play! Under Nate Silver's direction, Dana Black's Valerie, Ann James's Janet, and Abby Pierce's Molly form a triangle tight enough to bring out the sickness in West's funny/nasty language."
"Hilarious, haunting and familiar...[the characters] embody our mothers, sisters and friends so well, it's as if author Calamity West were listening in on our own kitchen conversations. This is home."
Theater by Numbers
"West lets the relationships unfold with a genuineness. [Her] characters are distinct. The humor is clever. The dialogue is crisp. An engaging dramedy...highly recommended."
The 4th Walsh