Already closed | 1h 40m | West Village

Empanada Loca

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy

About the show

Labyrinth Theater presents the world premiere of a new solo show starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, chronicling the story of woman who lives in an abandoned subway tunnel. More…

Drug dealer. Masseuse. Ex-con. Survivor. Dolores has led a life like no other. Now living deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel, she has a story you won’t believe – or ever forget. Inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, Empanada Loca is a thrilling new play about an indomitable woman who knows that in this dog-eat-dog world only one rule matters: eat or be eaten.

1h 40m | Already closed | Bank Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (15)


Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to be transported--by powerful words and top-notch acting--to an intense, unfamiliar world. Vega is fantastic, as is the material.

Don't see it if you are easily unnerved. This play is very dark. Mostly about character and setting, there are themes about love and loss and survival.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if Rubin-Vega is spectacular. Mark is a consummate storyteller. Totally absorbing. Dark story with very funny undertones.

Don't see it if you don't like the story of Sweeney Todd or that kind of horror.

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if Aaron Mark has concocted a thoroughly entertaining & horrifying edge or your seat thriller. Masterfully performed by Rubin-Vega.

Don't see it if If you dislike the story of Sweeney Todd, this might not be your cup of tea.

Great acting, Great writing, Slight, Scary, Compelling

See it if you want to see an AMAZING performance by Daphne Rubin-Vega in a very well-written solo show.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that sends you home thinking--it's basically a spooky story (a very well done spooky story, but not much to unpack).

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Original

See it if you like an engrossing, one-person show, or are a fan of Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Don't see it if you're not into using your imagination.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if Dark, gripping, raw. Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Don't see it if Afraid of truth in dark places.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if You love amazing acting - a true tour-de-force performance from Ms Rubin-Vega

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows or didn't like Sweeney Todd

Dark, Resonant, Scary, Edgy, Unique

See it if Empanada Loca is a well written, directed and acted real life horror story with a twist at the end.

Don't see it if If you can't listen to bloody creepy events.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Original

See it if You are looking for something different and love a good story that is also well told.

Don't see it if You are just looking for something happy and entertaining without deepness.

Edgy, Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you enjoy watching an astounding actress telling stories that draw you in and leave your head spinning with laughter and horror.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the humorous macabre genre or if you are not patient with one-person shows.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to see Daphne Rubin Vega in one of her most compelling and ambitious roles. Her one-woman performance is nothing short of amazing!

Don't see it if You do not like a take on "Sweeney Todd" or cannot appreciate quality theatre

Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want an engaging evening of brilliant acting in an intimate theatre.

Don't see it if You're easily disturbed.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Original

See it if you love great storytelling and great acting.

Don't see it if you prefer more flashy and showy theater.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if You're captivated by great story telling & phenomenal acting!

Don't see it if A "one man" show isn't of interest.

During previews
Great acting, Original, Dark

See it if You'd like a 90 minute tour de force monologue by Rubin-Vega. Engrossing, but very dark (and darkly lit). Not a pleasant story.

Don't see it if You get spooked easily

October 23rd, 2015
"Rubin-Vega seems to take on an almost feral quality that had me shivering all the way home. She gives a performance that’s as quietly mesmerizing as it is unsettling...Mr. Mark brings his characters alive in dialogue that bristles with vivid description, but writers are rarely the best directors...
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October 28th, 2015
"This spine-tingling and stomach-churning monologue is inspired by legend (Sweeney Todd), stars a Tony-nominated Broadway vet (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and slyly plays on NYC-specific fears, such as nefarious subway dwellers, class tensions and mystery meat...Mark's dialogue is unnervingly authentic, a...
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October 21st, 2015
"We can't tear ourselves away from her utterly transfixing story...Despite sounding innocuously like somewhere to have brunch in Hell's Kitchen, 'Empanada Loca' is a real hair-raiser. Anyone looking for a good fright won't want to miss it, but beware: This show is not for the faint of heart or we...
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November 3rd, 2015
"Daphne Rubin-Vega is completely captivating in a solo performance that requires her to sit perfectly still for most of its 100 minutes, looking straight out at the audience as she tells her weird and wonderful tale...With a kicker of a finish, 'Empanada Loca' is a terrifically creepy tale, with ...
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