More engrossing, more alienating, and more disciplined than its predecessor.
How can a radically plotless work communicate a complex and controversial theory?
A provocative and dismaying story, conveyed through complex characters rather than through statistics and theories
What a funny, nasty, smart show.
Artists from Philly’s favorite clown-funk band pick favorite songs from their new album and the world of music
Dito van Reigersberg in a new drag persona steals the spotlight in this riotuous, fierce production.
S&M, Sexual Politics, and SMOKE from a Female Perspective: An interview with Theatre Exile’s Deborah Block
Director Deborah Block discusses her approach to the socio-sexual themes in Theatre Exile’s Philadelphia premiere of Kim Davies’ SMOKE.
A world-premiere stage adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge’s 19th-century children’s story delivers a clear message about the importance of kindness and understanding.
Each year, Philadelphia-based reviewer Neal Zoren announces his choices for the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. A fair number of the picks on Neal’s list are performers and productions from the Philadelphia area.
Director Whit MacLaughlin employs both live actors and shadow puppets to convey both the darkness and magic of the popular story.
Cities and thrones and powers/ Stand in time’s eye,/ Almost as long as flowers,/ Which daily die
Whit MacLaughlin is going off the deep end with this one. Are you willing to jump in with him? New Paradise Laboratories’ handsomely crafted, meticulously acted, and totally weird production, is not easily accessible. Nothing much can be taken literally here, and the production doesn’t reward searching for specific meanings as it creates its own tilted world with its own skewed logic.
Rhrough minimal, absurd dialogue and highly stylized, disjointed movement, the ensemble-devised work evokes the boredom and bad behavior of a privileged vacationing family of film artists and their guests.
THE MEEP PROJECT is a charming collaboration between playwright Ed Swidey and Simpatico Theatre Project. The world premiere development piece (which looked as fully developed as any original production I’ve seen!) employs new methods of storytelling, using movement and sound in place of language.