Always a man of few (if any) words, the latter half of the enduring comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller will help give a visual voice to the Geffen Playhouse's upcoming stage adaptation of "The Exorcist."
Scheduled to open July 11, the adaptation features Teller as "creative consultant," which sounds a little like he'll be responsible for honing the production's wordless reactions given his day job as silent but game foil to his longtime partner, the garrulous Penn Jillette.
In reality, however, this isn't the first time Teller has ventured behind the stage, where Penn & Teller have made a home in Vegas for six nights a week since 2001. In 2008, Teller co-directed a blood-soaked regional production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in Red Bank, N.J.
Though said to feature some impressive touches befitting the involvement of a famed magician with a certain dark sensibility, a Washington Post story that ran in the L.A. Times that year found Teller assuring the writer that his touch was relatively light. "There's nothing in the production," Teller said, "that Shakespeare doesn't place before us."