Empanada Loca OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 21, 2015
    Closing:
    November 15, 2015

    Theater: Bank Street Theatre / 155 Bank Street, NEW YORK, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Empanada Loca

    ‘Empanada Loca’: A Tough Life and a Special Ingredient

    Charles Isherwood

    October 23, 2015: Daphne Rubin-Vega’s bewitching beauty seems to transform in “Empanada Loca,” an exuberantly macabre solo show written and directed by Aaron Mark for the Labyrinth Theater Company. As you watch her strip away the layers of her character’s apparent normality to reveal a woman who can placidly discuss the most gruesome acts imaginable, Ms. Rubin-Vega seems to take on a furtive, almost feral quality that had me shivering all the way home. The play is set in the lower depths of New York, in an abandoned subway tunnel where a few desperate souls live in an eternal night. Ms. Rubin-Vega nimbly portrays several characters, but her primary role is that of Dolores, whose last remaining worldly possession appears to be the massage table on which she perches for much of the evening as she regales us with the downward spiral of her life. (The set design, by David Meyer, and Bradley King’s crepuscular lighting help set the goose-pimply tone.)

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