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Eat the Devil

From 6 critic and 30 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

About the show

The Tank, in association with One Year Lease Theater Company, presents this world premiere set in a dystopian, media-crazed near-future, where a mysterious virus is infecting the nation.  More…

As viciously competitive media pundits battle to control the narrative, an artificially intelligent sex doll named Mia has a breakthrough…but will she be our savior, or is she the Angel of Death?

1h 30m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)


90
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"The comedy they have created is crude and rude for sure. It is also sharply satirical and filled with a barrage of extraordinarily clever one liners skewering today’s America...Schuster is unforgettable as Mia...The performance is physically superb...The entire cast is remarkably fine given the loony antics in this script. They fully commit to these ridiculous characters with realistically drawn cartoons...Flint and his entire creative team have impressively staged this chaotic madness." Full Review

90
Theater That Matters

"'Eat the Devil' packs a poignancy punch under what you might initially have written off as mere absurdist comedy belonging on the final-sketch-of-the-evening on Saturday Night Live. But no, there’s something way deeper going on here...The real beauty of the show is that in the throes of folly, the genuine moments of connection, of angst, of loss, and of love, keep us truly grateful for Off-Off Broadway theater at its delicious-est." Full Review

70
Exeunt Magazine

“A maximalist spoof of the tech-obsessed, sex-crazed, post-truth time in which we live...The result is a farcical bonfire...’Eat The Devil’ does manage to connect the dots into a story that comprises a multitude of sub-plots, locations and characters...The experience is altogether a messy one. But perhaps that’s the point...’Eat The Devil’ has selected a potpourri of wrongs, and they’re all worthy targets...It struggles to challenge an audience whose predilections are likely set in stone.” Full Review

69
TheaterScene.net

“An exuberant futuristic satire...At a drawn out straight through one hour and 40 minutes, it may be depending on one’s sensibility either hilarious or cumulatively tiresome...Forceful, detailed and smart writing, totally capturing science fiction conventions with an antic spin...The comedy and embedded thoughtfulness of the piece are realized by director Nick Flint’s virtuosic staging that artfully melds the broad performances and accomplished technical elements.” Full Review

60
The New York Times

“The gleefully but fatally overloaded satire...A sci-fi, apocalypse, time-travel, airplane-disaster movie riff, it’s a careening sendup of an out-of-control American culture mesmerized by screens...At 100 minutes, this fervent experiment drags — because it’s too convoluted, and because the single philosophical stand it seems to take is for nihilism. It strafes everything in its sights...’Eat the Devil’ is a kind of fiesta bucket, too —jam-packed to overflowing, but its calories are mostly emp... Full Review

52
Front Mezz Junkies

“The wild experiment that is ‘Eat The Devil’ is as strangely brewed as you can image by the description. The whole stew is chock full of preposterous political wit and smartly tuned asides about right-wing online fear mongering and YouTube sensationalists. There is gold in some of the statements, but sadly the pot is too full of contrasting ideas and nonsensical modes and equations that the...flight lingers far too long, making me wonder when this journey would over and I could disembark.” Full Review


90
Thought-provoking, Clever, Edgy, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you appreciated low budget productions that, w/intelligent creativity, produce an amazing production. Better than a LOT of Broadway shows!

Don't see it if You yearn for a high budget production w/fancy sets, etc.

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a well-acted wild ride with unexpected twists and turns.

Don't see it if You want to understand is going on

Also For the most part, I had no idea what was happening, but thoroughly en... Read more Read less

84
Inventive, Speculative, Handsome, Uneven, Well played

See it if you are a fan of beautifully designed, expertly played, dystopian near futures.

Don't see it if you are in hibernation from the excesses of today’s (almost) all-permeating cyber-media-entertainment culture.

Also “Eat The Devil” braids 3 distinct strands of narrative into a gleaming... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy camp, cultural critique, comedy, queerness, or John Waters.

Don't see it if you need naturalism or realism.

79
Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Indulgent, Hilarious

See it if you like a fast paced, ever-changing show and you're up on current cultural references

Don't see it if you don't enjoy over the top performances or prolonged discussions of sex

75
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Intense, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if A Strangelovian sent-up of near (too near!) future overwhelmed by the digital & Amazon Prime Well acted with a sensational production design

Don't see it if Second subplot aboard an airplane it sadly inane & woefully unnecessary hurts pacing Can get confusing w/multi-subplots Still very inventive

75
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You’re into experimental theatre; the “robot” is great, others are above average;

Don't see it if You’re into conventional themes; you prefer linear storytelling

75
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you like experimental theater with non conventional theme/s.

Don't see it if you prefer easy to follow story telling, musicals and conventional themes.

74
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy new, experimental work that utilized technology in an interesting way.

Don't see it if you like linear plot/stories

74
Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if you appreciate non-stop, well blended video and on stage plot, acted well in a tripartite story, some excellent, some over-the-top.

Don't see it if jumping among the three stories would confuse you, or you do not like loud screaming. It was entertaining but a bit long for the subjects.

73
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Bizarre (but not in a bad way), Funny

See it if You like quirky, outside the box shows that make you think. U might not get it all or they might not tie up every loose thread but good try.

Don't see it if You’re not willing to take a chance and have some wacky fun. Goofy story actually has smart premise. Good job with set and costumes.

73
Profound, Riveting

See it if You like provocative theater

Don't see it if You are easily offended

72
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you find it confusing

72
Bedeviled by technical difficulties, Performances seasoned with spicy wit, Pre-digested social commentary, Over cooked running time, Tasty humor exuberantly served

See it if you enjoy dishy dystopian commentary served up with wit and energy by a talented young ensemble.

Don't see it if you want characters and a plot to invest in or a script that’s been cut down incisively to the bone.

72
Great acting, Resonant, Interesting

See it if You like thought provoking visions of the future. Like well-acted experimental and slightly quirky productions.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate people throwing up on screen, don't like small productions, and dont like bleak visions of the future.

70
Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind sloppy shows grounded by a fantastic lead performance. Much of it was good, but a lot of it was superfluous or distracting.

Don't see it if I would've liked this show a lot more if there'd been less of it. It did a lot of things around the edges of the story that lessened it.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy innovation staging, and bold performances

Don't see it if you prefer your science-fiction with more clarity

68
Confusing, Overrated, Intense, Fluffy

See it if You want a sci fi type of play. If you are able to follow all the different things...stories going on inside the play.

Don't see it if At about 110 minutes, to long, too confusing. Writer should have stuck with one plot, not several.

66
Ambitious, Quirky, Bizarre, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if You enjoy some truly great acting in a fast paced bold story.

Don't see it if You want a story that makes sense, mediocre acting mixed with good, you want a real plot or to understand everything.

Also There were technical difficulties the night I went which might have co... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you are looking for a chaotic presentation of robots taking over the world

Don't see it if you want to see something understandable, don't like vomiting.

Also Everyone in the cast screams all the dialogue and sometimes it isn't u... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Edgy

See it if Plays with futuristic story lines combined with comedy.

Don't see it if If you don't like futuristic themes.

58
Confusing, Quirky, Edgy, Slow moving

See it if Edgy experimental theater with lots of screaming, vomiting, futuristic subplots with political undertones are your thing.

Don't see it if You want to understand the point of a play. I couldn't. Actors did their best, however some were too loud and annoying!

Also I was one of the few in the audience who didn't find this funny at all... Read more Read less

56
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Quirky

See it if u like profoundly childish sch-fi. Several scenes of vomiting which could be inspirational to members of the audience.

Don't see it if You didn’t like The work of John Waters This is like a futuristic John Waters show

21
Over the top and all over the place

See it if You want to see a futuristic play that deals with bringing a sex doll to life

Don't see it if If you don’t like plays that feature over the top characters

Also I was very excited to see this based on the description. But I just di... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy new work, can appreciate boundary pushing sci-fi vibes, and are willing to go along on a journey and laugh.

Don't see it if You can’t stand a warm theater


Cast & Creatives (13)