20 years and five new Barrymores, all in one week

On today’s podcast, we catch up with Theatre Exile producing artistic director Deborah Block to talk about Theatre Exile’s 20th anniversary season. We start off with congratulations on Exile’s 13 Barrymore Award nominations (which Monday night became five wins for their production of Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand: Production of a Play, Direction of a Play (Matt Pfeiffer), Leading Actor in a Play (Maboud Ebrahimzadeh), Supporting Actor in a Play (J. Paul Nicholas), and Sound Design (Michael Kiley).

Anthony Mustafa Adair and Jenson Titus Lavallee in Theatre Exile’s upcoming ‘Guards at the Taj.’ (Photo by Paola Nogueras)

We also focus on Exile’s next production, Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj and tease with the rest of the season, which includes John Pollono’s Lost Girls, and Tracey Scott Wilson’s Buzzer, It’s always a pleasure to chat with Deb. I hope you are as excited about their 20th season as I am.

Trumping the election with comedy

On this episode of the Broad Street Review/REP Radio podcast, we discuss 1812 Productions’ annual political satire This Is the Week That Is (TIWTI). Meet Sean Close and new cast member Nia-Samara Benjamin, both of whom appear in TIWTI‘s “Election Special.” Can you guess what we talked about?

L to r: Justin Jain as Joe Biden, Sean Close as Elizabeth Warren, and Nia-Samara Benjamin as Tim Kaine. (Photo by Mark Garvin)

Why should Saturday Night Live have all the fun this election cycle? Host Darnelle Radford, Benjamin, and Close give you the local lowdown on how to suck up all the year’s dirty politics without getting sick.