Get Ready For “The Exorcist” On Stage

Get Ready For “The Exorcist” On Stage (photo)

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Tragedy tomorrow, pea soup tonight! The New York Times‘ ArtsBeat reports that the classic 1973 film “The Exorcist” — or at least the classic 1971 novel “The Exorcist” that inspired the 1973 film “The Exorcist” — is being mounted as a stage play for the first time at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse.

Now before you get all “Ah! ‘Carrie: The Musical!’ Unclean!” on me, let’s be clear: “The Exorcist” is not a musical (thank God, or in this case Satan). So cast any thoughts of Father Merrin doing a soft shoe as he sprinkles Regan with holy water out of our mind. Actually wait, before you cast any thoughts out of your mind: what song would you rather hear from an “Exorcist” musical: “The Power of Christ Compels You!” or
“Your Mother Sucks It In Hell (Regan’s Lament)?” Yeah, me too.

At this point I’d like to encourage you to get all “Ah! ‘Carrie: The Musical!’ Unclean!” by reading a post I wrote a few months ago about weird Broadway musical adaptations in honor of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” which, coincidence of coincidences, is reopening in its new less Taymory version tonight at the Foxwoods Theater. I’m being very silly here, but as Giffen managing director Ken Novice explains The Times‘ Erik Piepenburg, they’re planning a very dark show based on the original vision of author William Peter Blatty:

“The novel has a different take than the movie,” he said. “There’s a focus on the psychological aspects and questions of faith. The idea is to focus on those two elements as opposed to big special effects, or trying to create horror on stage in the way you would do for a movie.”

Sounds like bad news for folks hoping to sit in the pea soup splash zone (“I think it’s going to be more powerful than green pudding and spinning heads,” says Novice). The play does have a good pedigree, though: it’s being adapted by “Agnes of God” writer John Pielmeier and directed by John Doyle. The show opens in Los Angeles on July 3 of next year. And presumably, if it’s successful, we’ll get “The Exorcist On Ice!” sometime in 2013.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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