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Exit Strategy

From 89 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny

About the show

Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theatre Company present this New York premiere about the chaotic final days of a Chicago public school slated for closure. More…

Playwright Ike Holter explores the future of public education in his new drama. The impending shutdown of a Chicago public school causes tension to mount in its already volatile neighborhood. A small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future, and their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.


Member Reviews (89)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny
78
Avg Score

75
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Engaging, Great staging

See it if you want to see a thoughtful, distressing take on the challenges facing everyone in the public education system in contemporary America.

Don't see it if you go to the theater for a fun escape.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Ike Holter's previous work, like examinations of country's crumbling education system, enjoy good performances

Don't see it if You don't like slight exaggerations of real life situations, think that all teachers are perfect, can't stand wishful thinking

73
Topical relevant disturbing well-acted

See it if Turbulent teachers' break room in a poor Chicago high school. The adults are a gaggle of losers being saved by a charismatic senior.

Don't see it if you're turned off like me by yet another play -- like "The Humans" -- with an extraneous supernatural element that just doesn't work

79
Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if terrific actors and fun dialogue on a topic both serious and relevant.

Don't see it if cliches annoy you.

51
Boring, stupid, meaningless

See it if you like one person plays

Don't see it if you are looking for an intelligent play.

85
Entertaining

See it if You want a fun passionate show, with diverse, well drawn characters, action and enthusiasm.

Don't see it if You care more about details, logic, credibility and consistent characters than a fast paced entertaining story.

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original, Relevant

See it if looking for a thought provoking show about the public high school system in under privileged areas. Actors were amazing.

Don't see it if expecting a feel good story with a happy ending.

68
Relevant, Bad sitcom acting, Stilted writing, Fine

See it if You want a play about race relations with a gay subplot shoehorned in for no reason. Or you enjoy cliched plots that feel like a bad sitcom.

Don't see it if You're going to have a heart attack from loud noises. Or you are looking for an intelligent take on culturally relevant topics.

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great play-writing, great acting, terrific direction, sets, lighting and costume design, and a care about the future of our schools

Don't see it if there is truly no reason not to see this unless, of course, you're offended by the f-bomb

60
Annoying, Overrated

See it if you like screaming and profanity used for laughs.

Don't see it if you want to be drawn into the play. I never really cared about the characters.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like sharply written scenes and characters, very well performed.

Don't see it if you have had enough of schoolhouse or workplace drama.

70
Relevant, Gritty

See it if like urban dramas, diversity, under-class

Don't see it if offensive language

75
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if a well-acted show about the effects of the closing of a school on faculty and students.Entertaining, some laughs.

Don't see it if The topic doesn't interest you.

69
Quirky, Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you want to see something original

Don't see it if don't like a lot of cursing

96
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if Good acting, plot and engaging characters.

Don't see it if You're looking for light hearted comedy or musical. Or looking for truthful situations .

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Uneven

See it if you get inexpensive tickets and you like shows with social issues. When the actors are given great moments, it shines.

Don't see it if you require an insightful script with totally believable transitions.

78
Absorbing

See it if you like well acted, thought provocative plays with message. People who worked in schools in the audience were moved by this.

Don't see it if You if you view plays with messages as preachy

93
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want to see something funny that still packs a punch; you have ever been exposed to public education in an urban area

Don't see it if you believe the current state of public education is acceptable; you are not a fan of loud noises

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like intense drama with sharp dialogue.

Don't see it if You don't like issue driven theatre.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in great ensemble acting, great writing and are interested in our school systems.

Don't see it if You're looking for stars.

75
Funny, Original, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are a teacher. or know a teacher. this show tells the true struggle for many schools and teachers across the country.

Don't see it if you're offended by language. or offended by two guys kissing (there is a gay couple in the show). And if you are, get over it; it's 2016.

78
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original, Entertaining

See it if you love straightforward dramas, education inequality is an issue you care about

Don't see it if you're not interested in the issue

65
Disappointing, Indulgent, Uneven acting

See it if it doesn't bother you to have a great, brilliant opening scene and then have a really good idea dwindle away. Four strong performances.

Don't see it if inconsistent acting bothers you. A couple of the actors are completely unbelievable, doing bad musical performances. A couple are brilliant.

91
Great acting, Funny, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great acting about a topic on public education's downfall in our society.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to raunchy humor or against non-realistic images

100
Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Must see

See it if comedy with a deeper meaning

Don't see it if if you only like musicals


April 12th, 2016
"A vividly acted production…Mr. Holter has a gift for sharp characterization and crisply funny dialogue with jagged edges...Mr. Holter deftly embeds his finger-pointing in the drama itself…'Exit Strategy' takes a sentimental turn. The amorous relationship between Ricky and one of the teachers als...
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April 12th, 2016
"Holter’s snappy, overlapping dialogue is often very funny...But it is also overly broad (a weakness sometimes exacerbated by Kip Fagan’s direction), and it veers into sentimentality. Although 'Exit Strategy' is about activism, not education, it might be stronger if it engaged more specifically w...
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April 14th, 2016
"'Exit Strategy,' a small-scaled, big-hearted and often wickedly funny play, looks at the last-ditch efforts to save a failing Chicago public school from being closed down by the city. Every character rings true, thanks to Ike Holter’s spot-on, affectionate writing and an ensemble cast that’s te...
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April 12th, 2016
"A fierce and (uncomfortably) funny new play…Director Kip Fagan has crafted a highly realistic production that never has us questioning if we're really watching an inner-city public school…Holter occasionally bites off more than he can chew...Holter somewhat undermines the truthfulness of his vis...
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