“We all do things that are sorta good, and things that are sorta not so good.” In RED SPEEDO, each character is capable of doing those things that are sorta not so good.View More RED SPEEDO (Theatre Exile): A dive into the waters of amorality
Playwright Lucas Hnath raises serious legal, ethical, societal, and personal issues in RED SPEEDO, his 2013 play enjoying its Philadelphia premiere at Theatre Exile.View More A Conversation with Playwright Lucas Hnath, Director Deborah Block, and the Cast of Theatre Exile’s RED SPEEDO
“Your little ducks,” Leah says, as we look over our shoulders at the line of weaving their way south on 21st, “they’re all in a row.”View More Fringe Bike Tour Was Awesome: Three shows, twelve bikes, dinner, and some rides
Philadelphia’s theater scene is better than ever—haven’t you heard? But so few of its practitioners can eke out a living wage from it. This interview Charlotte Ford takes a serious look at how poor the health of the theater industry is in this city.View More Interview with Charlotte Ford: The untenable career of a successful Philadelphia theater artist
Black comedy, bitterness, and intimacy intertwine in Sharr White’s ANNAPURNA. Theatre Exile’s top-notch Philadelphia premiere of the gritty two-hander captures the dark humor and devastating hurt of their relationship, as they come to terms with broken love, debilitating loneliness and regret, and imminent death.View More ANNAPURNA (Theatre Exile): A powerful Philadelphia premiere of playwright Sharr White
Phindie looks at tax returns for local theaters to see how much they brought in from what sources. We also look at who the best paid employee was for each “non-profit”.View More Is there money in theater? Where does it come from? Who gets it?
Sibling rivalry, conflicting personalities, and antithetical lifestyles regress to anti-social antics, primal rage, and role reversal in TRUE WEST, Sam Shepard’s dark comedy about two…View More TRUE WEST (Theatre Exile): Sibling rivalry and the American dream
Theatre Exile mounts new, dicey plays and modern classics—badass classics, that is, from outstanding contemporary playwrights like Tracy Letts, Martin McDonough, and in this case,…View More TRUE WEST (Theatre Exile): a rare, in-your-face take on a modern classic
Here’s the setup: A young man has lived with his male lover for a few years. During a spat he falls for a woman. Things…View More COCK (Theatre Exile): Spatial choreography reveals isolation, influence, and alliances.
Finding love and self-knowledge beyond the fixed categories of sexual identity (gay, straight, or bi) is the central theme of Michael Bartlett’s COCK, now in…View More COCK (Theatre Exile): A Provocative Fight for Love and Identity
Aaron Cromie, one half of a double-act with Mary Tuomanen, describes with relish the process of creating their latest Fringe piece, Saint Joan, Betrayed. For Saint…View More SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things
It’s perhaps peculiar that there aren’t more established theater spaces in South Philadelphia (The Shubin and Theatre Exile’s new headquarters are lonely outposts). And in…View More Fringe Preview 7: South Philly Fringe
On May 6 this reviewer took in the second of three play readings in Theatre Exile’s New Play Development Series. On tap was FLESH, celebrated…View More Studio X-hibition at Studio X
A few years ago I was at that good used bookstore on 20th Street by the Free Library and saw a crowd gathering on the…View More NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD (Theatre Exile): If the Boss wrote plays he’d write this one
Like the rest of us, theater companies have to file taxes. This tax day, we look at some information from the most recent publicly available tax returns (generally 2012) for some major and independent Philadelphia companies.View More Tax time. Is there any money in theater?
For the second of Phindie’s Philadelphia Independent Theater podcasts, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg talk to talented and versatile local actor Brian McCann. We…View More Phindie Podcast 02: Brian McCann
Here are my annual picks for the best of Philadelphia theater: Best Play: August: Osage County (Arden) Honorable mention: The Island (Lantern) Best Actor, Male: Frank…View More Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12
Author Graham Greene wrote two types of books. His novels (The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American), onto which he staked his literary reputation, and…View More Theatre Exile’s A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE Entertains
Playwright Martin McDonagh delivers a powerful political message in the most palatable of pillsView More LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE by Theatre Exile at Plays and Players
The past year has seen some great stagings by Irish playwright Colin McPherson in Philadelphia. The Arden’s brilliant Seafarer was followed by a stripped down…View More Theatre Exile’s "Shining City" at Plays and Players