“Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Three drunks and an old man are having an existential crisis in a garage…”
Theater Exile, South Philly’s resident independent playhouse, is capping its 2012/2013 season with a production whose subject matter is derived from our city’s streets.
“North of the Boulevard” begins Thursday April 18 and runs to May 19 at the Theater’s Studio X at 13th and Reed streets. Billed as a blue-collar comedy, the production centers on a group of friends who spend their time in a “decaying garage in a declining neighborhood.”
From the news release:
A few days before Christmas, three childhood friends and a cantankerous old man struggle to make sense of their dead-end lives. Living on pipe dreams, they envision the limitless opportunities lying dormant just across the boulevard. When a chance event gives the friends the opportunity to get out of their crumbling neighborhood, morality may have to take a backseat to prosperity.
“Boulevard” was penned by Philly playwright Bruce Graham, whose previous work has netted him a few Barrymore Awards. His “Any Given Monday” toured the country in 2011, including an off-Broadway run in New York. That’s all kids stuff compared to the fact that Graham has a screenwriting credit on Dunston Checks In, the “Citizen Kane” of ’90s chimpanzee buddy movies starring Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame.
You can buy tickets for the show through the theater’s website or call the box office at 215-218-4022. Neighbors from 19147 can ask for the “neighbor” discount for 10 percent off tickets.