A look inside the mind of a Philly sports fan

A moment of triumph for a 'Philly Fan.' Credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou
A moment of triumph for a ‘Philly Fan.’
Credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou

 

It’s a dry spell for Philly sports teams but the Philly sports fan has never been hotter.

Movie goers got their share of Philly sports passion in the hit movie “Silver Linings Playbook,” in which  Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro played hardcore Eagles fans.

“I think they definitely got it right,” says by Joe Canuso, director of “The Philly Fan,” which runs its Father’s Day edition June 11 through June 23 at Theatre Exile’s Studio X on S. 13th Street.

“Silver Linings Playbook” was “a fictional piece,” he says, “but it was mostly about getting to the essence of what an Eagles fan is. The same thing for ‘Invincible’ [the 2006 movie about Eagles receiver/fan Vince Papale] — they did a good job of capturing the Philly sports fans’ psyche.”

Yet, perhaps not as well as “The Philly Fan,” which premiered at the Fringe Festival in 2004.

“It really is a story about a working class guy who is loyal to his teams, his family and his city,” says Canuso about the play. “We hit a nerve because it’s more than just about sports. It’s about what it’s like to be a blue collar guy who for him sports is an outlet for the frustrations he has in his life. People can relate to that.”

“The Philly Fan,” which is staged about once a year, was written by Bruce Graham and is conceived and performed by Tom McCarthy. Look for special appearances by Philly sports celebs during the Studio X run.

“We touch on that how Philly sports fans have gotten a bad rap,” Canuso says. “The national media focuses on a few negatives because that’s the way the media is, a guy getting tasered or a guy throwing up on a little girl at a game. Our main thing is to focus on the 99.9 percent of fans who are passionate about their sports teams but not crazy.”

No wonder it’s a hit.

 

‘The Philly Fan’

June 11-23, 8 p.m.

Theatre Exile’s Studio X

1340 S. 13th St.

$15-$35

215-218-4022

www.theatreexile.org



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.