Theatre Exile

News and reviews about Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile.

Playwright Lucas Hnath (Photo credit: Courtesy of Lucas Hnath)

A Conversation with Playwright Lucas Hnath, Director Deborah Block, and the Cast of Theatre Exile’s RED SPEEDO

Playwright Lucas Hnath raises serious legal, ethical, societal, and personal issues in RED SPEEDO, his 2013 play enjoying its Philadelphia premiere at Theatre Exile.

Leah waits with me outside of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's RHINOCEROS. Phindie's Official Fringe Bike Tour

Fringe Bike Tour Was Awesome: Three shows, twelve bikes, dinner, and some rides

“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.”

Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net.

Interview with Charlotte Ford: The untenable career of a successful Philadelphia theater artist

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.

ANNAPURNA (Theatre Exile): A powerful Philadelphia premiere of playwright Sharr White

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.

Is there money in theater? Where does it come from? Who gets it?

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”.

TRUE WEST (Theatre Exile): Sibling rivalry and the American dream

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 adult brothers, estranged for five…

TRUE WEST (Theatre Exile): a rare, in-your-face take on a modern classic

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, Sam Shepard. For anyone out…

Wes Haskell, Mary Tuomanen, and John Jarboe in COCK. Photo by Paola Nogueras

COCK (Theatre Exile): Spatial choreography reveals isolation, influence, and alliances.

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 have gotten complicated and he…

Photo by Paola Nogueras. Theatre Exile Cock Review

COCK (Theatre Exile): A Provocative Fight for Love and Identity

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 its Philadelphia premiere at Theatre…

Mary Tuomanen as the Maid of Orleans in SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival.

SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED, a preview: Really cool masks and puppety things

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 Joan, Betrayed, the two will…

2014 Fringe Festival Philadelphia

Fringe Preview 7: South Philly Fringe

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 previous years, it might have…

Michael Hollinger Theatre Exile

Studio X-hibition at Studio X

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 local playwright Michael Hollinger’s work-in-progress….

NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD (Theatre Exile): If the Boss wrote plays he’d write this one

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 Parkway: Bruce Springsteen was about…

Tax time. Is there any money in theater?

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.

Phindie Podcast 02: Brian McCann

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 talk about improv, director Matt…

Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12

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 X, The Island (Lantern) Honorable…

Theatre Exile’s A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE Entertains

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 his “entertainments” (Our Man in…

LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE by Theatre Exile at Plays and Players

Playwright Martin McDonagh delivers a powerful political message in the most palatable of pills

Theatre Exile’s "Shining City" 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 performance of The Weir by…

Bruce Graham Scores Again with Theatre Exile’s Any Given Monday at Plays & Players Theater

Acclaimed local playwright Bruce Graham returns toTheatre Exile with Any Given Monday (now onstage at Plays & Players Theater), a sport-themed world premiere geared to ride the success of his popular The Philly Fan. Unlike…