Theatre Exile

News and reviews about Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile.

Taken Hostage By a Play: Interview with Ian Merrill Peakes on THE INVISIBLE HAND

Theatre Exile’s production of THE INVISIBLE HAND features an all-star creative team. We interviewed them.

The Invisible Hand of Director Matt Pfeiffer

Theatre Exile’s production of THE INVISIBLE HAND features an all-star creative team. We interviewed them.

[podcast] J. Paul Nicholas on THE INVISIBLE HAND

J. Paul Nicholas on the politics and conversations that surround this well-executed production.

SMOKE (Theatre Exile): Sexy but unsettling

Kim Davies’s SMOKE is a dangerous experiment in sexual politics In the taboo world of kink parties.

[podcast] Theatre Exile’s safe word is #SMOKE

Darnelle Radford chats to Deb Block about Theatre Exile’s production of SMOKE by Kim Davies

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.

Second Acts: Top Philly playwright Bruce Graham talks FUNNYMAN and life in the theater

When you think Philadelphia theater, you think Bruce Graham. He shares his thoughts about his latest play, the state of theater in Philadelphia, and the art of writing plays.

The Best in Philadelphia Theater, 2015

Each January, local theater critic Neal Zoren announces his picks for the best in Philadelphia theater over the previous calendar year.

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

And the Winners Are… 2015 Barrymore Award winners

2015 Barrymore Awards recipients by award category

Sketching Theater: RIZZO (Theatre Exile)

Artist Aaron Krolikowski provides first-hand accounts of events. Not in words, but in sketch.

RIZZO (Theatre Exile): A romp through the Rizzo years

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when Frank Rizzo strode the city like he owned it.

RIZZO (Theatre Exile): A big hit on the “Big Bambino”

A world-premiere production on former Mayor Frank Rizzo portrays the good and the bad of the controversial Philadelphia icon.

Blast from the Past: Schedule for the very first Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Useful if you have a time machine. A full listing of events for the 1997 Fringe Festival.

2014/15 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

Local theater writers vote for their favorites in twelve categories!

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Picks for Best in Theater, 2014/15, by Philly Reviewer Neal Zoren

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.

Pearce Bunting and Catharine Slusar star as George and Martha in Theatre Exile’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Photo credit: Paola Nogueras)

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Exile): A tour-de-force production of an American classic

The iconic three-act, three-hour marathon of marital warfare eviscerates the myth of the American family, revealing the drama and devastation behind the façade of our societal expectations

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

THE WHALE (Theatre Exile): Intelligence and transformation moving under the surface

Not many plays have this kind of unmistakable resonance. When you encounter such a play, you know it. With works of consequence you can feel the pull of intelligence and transformation moving under the surface.

Becoming THE WHALE: Scott Greer puts on pounds for Theatre Exile show [photo essay]

For THE WHALE, Scott Greer takes an hour putting on his 50 pound costume. The photo essay looks at the elaborate costuming process.

RED SPEEDO (Theatre Exile): A dive into the waters of amorality

“We all do things that are sorta good, and things that are sorta not so good.” In RED SPEEDO, each character is capable of doing those things that are sorta not so good.