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The Devil You Say

ensemble theatre · robin walsh, kila packett, adrian rose leonard, jen simone · Ages 14+ · United States of America

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ABBY SCHACHNER certified reviewer June 11, 2015
i found her puppets mesmerizing... and the devil's ruby eyes, boney fingers and lanky body were quite alluring from my front row seat. watching this piece kind of made me wish i could see robin and all her loveliness talk (she's hidden, nor does she speak), but apparently, that may be in the works for her next show which excites me. All in all, if you're into puppetry and seeing a master craftsman at work, you know where the devil is. ... full review
MICHAEL SHAW FISHER certified reviewer June 12, 2015
Sit in the front row for this one. It's an intimate experience and easily the most philosophical "one man" puppet show you will ever see in your life. As a master artist/puppeteer, Robin Walsh brings her talents to the surface with this patient exploration of the very gentile Prince of Darkness. As she indulges Lucifer, giving him time to pontificate and postulate, the audience falls into a dreamlike trance where Satan becomes a sort of Zen life coach of the Dark Side, and like most devils do in fiction, makes a case for himself as the ultimate humanist. It's a transportive experience to a world entirely unique and meticulously concieved. Christopher Marlowe would be proud!... full review
S. CLAUS certified reviewer June 09, 2015
In complete defiance of Baudelaire, Old Scratch spends a good hour convincing us he DOES exist in "The Devil You Say," and both he and master puppeteer Robin Walsh do a "damned" fine job of it in Walsh's captivating show. It's a shame every performance can't be accompanied by the hellish weather LA had today--raining and overcast but bloody hot--the gloom fit the piece perfectly. Walsh and a company of assistants (in particular pitch-perfect Kila Packett as Satan's voice) delivered a strong, confident hour that began with an amusing Punch And Judy routine, wandered through several thought-provoking soliloquies on the topic of devilry by great writers of history, and ended with a sincere salutation from His Dark Majesty. But our host fo... full review
ERSILIA POMPILIO certified reviewer June 11, 2015
Devils are always so captivating.... and so was this one especially his ruby eyes that mesmerized! Punch and the devil opened the show.... clobbering each other... which was fun and my inner adult child rather enjoyed this.... and then the boss lucifer himself comes out as a beautifully crafted puppet... and he started out with bible verses... and what seemed to be his life story narrated by an off stage narrator.... somewhere I got lost and could no longer follow the story and didn't understand where it was going..... and only having the Devil on stage made my mind wander to other things..... Personally I felt this piece could be darker... and perhaps was a little too vanilla.... I came out really liking lucifer... and thought that he wa... full review
HEATHER DOWLING certified reviewer June 19, 2015
tagged as: captivating · original · storytelling
I really didn't have any idea what to expect from "a one act puppet soliloquy..." but what I got was one of the most captivating evenings of storytelling I've ever seen! Puppeteer, Robin Walsh, brings The Devil to life with such precision you become mesmerized by "his" performance. And Kila Packett, The Voice, wove such a rich and powerful tale with his lovely timbre. I found myself hanging on every word, for every moment. The selected writings for this show were riveting, and completely engaging. Cheers to violinist, Jen Simone, for the beautiful soundtrack. And, to Adrian Rose Leonard, you are a worthy, worthy Minion! ... full review
GINA VIOLA certified reviewer June 10, 2015
Funny, clever, insightful and delightful. Go be entertained by Lucifer and the AMAZING crew that brings him to life!... full review
ROBIN REED certified reviewer June 13, 2015
tagged as: devil · puppets · hell · satan
The devil deliciously dishes his dastardly dealings and dreadful doings, defending himself from the bad P.R. he gets in the Bible and throughout history. He is a thoughtful demon, articulate and persuasive. He's not such a bad guy, he's just doing what needs to be done to rule hell and Earth. With an occasional puff of eldritch fumes from his mouth to emphasize his points, he makes a delightful case for himself and charms all who see this show, with the able assistance of Robin Walsh, the velvet voice of Kila Packett, the mournful music of Jen Simone, and the fiendish facilitation of Adrian Rose Leonard.... full review
BETSY ZAJKO certified reviewer June 13, 2015
Robin Walsh has created an exquisite puppet, caring for every detail in it's craftmanship, and bringing it to life with incredible nuance and agility. Her 40 minute show is worth the time just for the virtuosic puppetry...adding to it a feast of words that will appeal to bibliophiles who are interested in 'first hand' literary depictions of a delishious gentleman, the devil. watching her operate the puppet is like watching a dance you've never imagined, and are glad to have witnessed.... full review
CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer June 15, 2015
Of the dozens, hundreds, of vehicles in this year's festival, NOTHING is as Utterly Unique as this one! When was the last time you saw near-life-size bunraku puppetry on Santa Monica Boulevard, or anywhere else in California, for that matter? It's breath-taking to see Robin Walsh's manipulation of a four-foot Satan, complete with cloven hoof, but the real Star of the show is Kila Packett, who voices---superbly---the entire 37-minute monologue from across the stage. Even 37 minutes is wearing, though, because the monlogue material is SO dense, SO literate, sometimes SO difficult to follow. You've (probably) never seen anything like this, but whether you'll enjoy it is something else! ... full review
CHELSEA SUTTON certified reviewer June 16, 2015
The puppetry and the devil puppet itself are amazing. A lot of smart moments of humor and poetry. Loved it!... full review