Theatre Exile is a local nonprofit theater company dedicated to enhancing the cultural experience of all Philadelphians. We produce risky and challenging plays, promote freedom of expression, and constantly strive to reach new audiences. We also provide a safe & creative environment for local artists to grow and experiment.
Tucked into the historic David Garrick Hall, Society Hill Playhouse has been showcasing off-Broadway productions and comedic musicals since its inception in 1960. Its accessible roster of performances, which have included Nunsense and Lafferty’s Wake, belie Victorian-inspired decor such as pressed tin walls and refined seats that don’t talk about their feelings.
Before becoming a performance space, Grasso’s Magic Theatre was a cold storage facility, the building itself more than 100 years old and the stage area once housing an industrial freezer. After purchasing the building in 2001, Joe Grasso spent his nights and weekends renovating it, plying his abilities as a carpenter to refurbish and recycle unwanted building materials and furniture, from old theater curtains to the wooden pews used for seating. His son, Michael Grasso, was just starting a career in magic at the time, which recently culminated in a top-10 appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2010.
Dazzling audiences since 1911, Plays and Players boasts a troupe of talented thespians ready to take on Lost in Yonkers, a play that has won four Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and countless fist pumps. The complex and sharp-witted coming-of-age story follows two brothers sent to live in Yonkers, New York. Written by Neil Simon and directed by Betty Chomentowski, the approximately two-hour comedic drama depicts the struggles the brothers face after their father sends them to live with their immigrant grandmother, simple-minded aunt, and hooligan uncle. During the performance's 15-minute intermission, audience members can wipe tears of laughter from their eyes or mend the tears in their skulls incurred while thinking too deeply about the play's lessons on family relationships.