Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Consuela' Director Says Men Are Men.

Byline: Joseph Ditzler Of the Journal

Get this straight, right away. "Eyes for Consuela" is a man's play a man's play about men written by a man. And directed by a woman.

The 1998 play about a bandit who plucks the eyes from his victims' sockets as a gift for his beloved was written by Sam Shepard and based on "The Blue Bouquet," a three-page short story by Octavio Paz. Shepard's blooming rendition spans two hours and 15 minutes, according to director Valli Marie Rivera.

Rivera, a Puerto Rico native transplanted three years ago to Albuquerque, was enlisted by the Santa Fe Playhouse to direct "Eyes for Consuela," which opens Thursday at the East DeVargas Street theater. …

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