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Exit Strategy
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Ike Holter

COMPANY : True Colors Theatre Company
VENUE : Southwest Arts Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 5043

SHOWING : February 21, 2017 - March 19, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A Chicago public high school is slated for closure at the end of the year and the impending shut-down causes tensions in the school’s already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point. As a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school, they put their careers, future, and safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong; but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director John Dillon
Ricky Matthew Busch
Luce Ralph del Rosario
Pam Tess Malis Kincaid
Arnold Bill Murphey
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Exeunt All
by playgoer
Thursday, March 9, 2017
4.5
Ike Holter’s "Exit Strategy" examines the dynamics of leadership at a Chicago high school headed for demolition at the end of the school year. There’s a great deal of comedy mixed in with the underlying stress and anguish, and there’s also an awful lot of swearing. All the mouths in the cast seem to belong to potty-mouthed millennials, even those of the older characters. It doesn’t necessarily ring true, but it makes for viscerally exciting entertainment.

John Dillon has directed the actors to speak over one another in rapid-fire rhythm. That means some words get lost in the shuffle, but the emotion comes through strong. The cast is by and large excellent, with Tess Malis Kincaid and Lau’rie Roach particular standouts as a jaded teacher and a motivated student respectively. Among the teachers, William S. Murphey and Diany Rodriguez do their usual fine work, and Tracey N. Bonner proves their equal. Ralph Del Rosario comes across as a bit manic initially, but manages to convey some real emotion as time goes by. Matthew Busch, as a thirtyish administrator, creates a nebbishy character whose arc propels the play to its conclusion.

Technical elements are generally excellent. Sydney Roberts’ costume design meets all the demands of the script, especially for Mr. Roach, and Mary Parker’s lighting design and Johanna Melamed’s sound design enhance the set changes required in the set design of Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, from administrator’s office to teacher’s lounge to fenced construction zone. The only off element is unrealistically smudged blue paint on door jambs and cabinets in the teacher’s lounge.

True Colors Theatre Company is presenting an excellent production of "Exit Strategy" that papers over some of the thinness of the script with snappy exchanges and fluid stage movement. It’s the type of production that leaves an audience giddy with the joy of having seen a strong theatrical presentation, with little regard to how the sensation may or may not last as time passes. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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