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Devil of Choice

14 Members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great writing
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LAByrinth Theater Company's world premiere is a dark, sexy, and funny tale about the temptations we face when we find ourselves in a room with the devil – and what happens when we gamble with our soul. More…

When Pepper and her husband Salvatore meet Delia, a volatile triangle of dark, passionate, and comic twists and turns is put in motion. Sal, the hotshot new professor in town teaches 'Faust': the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil - a cautionary tale that begins to play out in their lives the moment Sal insists Delia become friends with his wife, setting off a chain of events that sends all three down a dangerous path. When faced with your demons, what are the choices you'll make to save yourself? What do you want? What do you deserve? What can you get away with?


90
TheaterScene.net

"Earthiness, gutsiness and bravado...It’s an uproarious, blistering and sensual dark comedy...Playwright Maggie Diaz Bofill’s heightened dialogue is charged with wit, insight and emotion. Bofill’s three characters are magnificently detailed with depth that realistically captures the messiness of the human condition during the course of 23 punchy short sequences...Bofill’s grasp of dramatic writing is commanding...Shalit masterfully guides the cast’s volcanic performances." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.com

"A sexually charged, tense yet funny, menage-a-trois of strong acting, crisp writing, and well finessed directing that makes for a very satisfying theatrical affair...Transitions are smooth as silk as she moves from very comic moments to real, heartfelt, and tragic revelations...This is a play that could have easily turned into an over the top, mansplaining, weak woman as victims free for all mess...'Devil of Choice' is a superbly acted play of substance that revels in the devils we all face." Full Review

60
The New York Times

"Could someone write an insightful play that asks why such men still see themselves as charming and sexy when they are patently awful? Maybe. But 'Devil of Choice' is not that play...Its argument never comes into focus and, most problematically, its women don’t either...It offers an opportunity for fine actors to explore new material, almost as if in scene-study class. And in small doses — if not the contrived big picture — the writing is often smart." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"This world premiere play about an adulterous triangle between a man, his wife and his mistress, is one we have seen many times before, and often better executed...The direction by Shira-Lee Shalit, is at best unobtrusive and, at worst, lackluster. The performances did not start out strongly at the beginning, but all three actors grew on me as the evening progressed...'Devil of Choice' is an uncomplicated play about a complicated three-way relationship." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"Shira-Lee Shalit directs these proceedings as if helming the pilot of a particularly noisy sitcom, which is probably the only way to go...Lozano is an accomplished comic actress, and even with material this weak she has a blessedly light touch...It's good to have Labyrinth back after a fallow season, but, even if you squint, it's hard to perceive what anyone saw in such tasteless, sophomoric antics. Let's hope they move on to better things -- and quickly." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"The writing rarely provides enough substance to sustain the storyline...It is difficult to find vulnerability in the material that is supplied or to create any likable characters the audience may care about. There are no new insights into the common themes addressed, and the production feels more like an exercise for the actors, given the many fits and starts. Director Shira-Lee Shalit does little to prompt the emotional depth of the characters and relies mostly on comedy to move the action ... Full Review


91
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if enjoy good acting, with very few stage props

Don't see it if are offended by a show about adultry with vulgar descriptive sexual dialogue and simulated sex

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you love great performances, great directing and great acting! A play that resonates with many many relationships in our lives!

Don't see it if If you want to miss out!!!

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if you like contemporary writing, great acting, minimalist stage.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable about sex and adultery dialogue

82
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if The actors of excellent it has a Twist of the story that keeps you watching and they interact a little bit with the audience

Don't see it if It is a small theater, not a fancy set.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like well-acted, unusual, edgy shows about dysfunctional relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like discussions of sex or sexual displays onstage.

80
Great acting

See it if You want to see some incredible acting and a really small and intimate space

Don't see it if Have a problem with a very minimal set There is nothing flashy or big about this production

Also The play itself is just average. I felt like they’re needed to be a li... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if you enjoy excellent acting and a play about infidelity and sin, decisions, and Faust; love electrified violin musical background.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical, don't like strong characters and plays about infidelity; can't stand modern electrified violin music.

78
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love really good actors who make financial sacrifices to work with small theatre companies year after year. You appreciate actors who

Don't see it if You hate macho men, double-standards and infidelity. Complicated relationships irritate you. You hate really small theatres and no scenery.

Also bring humor and real-life experience to their acting. You find the ete... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thrilling, Artful

See it if You like new thrilling plays with great actors to support it, small intimate theatre with lots of complexity & depth, 85 mins and flies by!

Don't see it if Not into marital dramas, looking for something bigger scale

74
Great acting, Intriguing, Tantalizing, Devilish electrophonic violin

See it if Faustian choices (dealing with the devil) face two women and a man in a love triangle with complications.

Don't see it if You don’t care for a small scale production with a frequently visited plot.

70
Great acting, Great writing, Cliched

See it if we want to see a love triangle story.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep meaningful play.

Also This was well- written and well -acted and I was never bored but....it... Read more Read less

69
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like tawdry love affair stories.

Don't see it if You're sick of seeing stories about women lusting after men and therefore allowing them to get away with a bunch of terrible behavior.

66
Disappointing

See it if you like David Zayas and to support Labyrinth. But the play itself needs work.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy seeing works in progress - or if you can't find some value in a production even when the whole of it doesn't quite work

55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if you have never seen a production by Labyrinth. This is not one of their better efforts, but showcases 3 of their better actors.

Don't see it if you are expecting a great production. This play is definitely a work in progress and needs a lot of work. Staging is unimaginative.


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