Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Eyes for Consuela' Saved by Performances.

Byline: Joseph Ditzler Of the Journal


Sam Shepard's "Eyes for Consuela" bears a strange resemblance to a previous Shepard work, "Fool for Love."

Both have at the core a couple in weird relationship; an outsider caught up, one might say victimized, by that relationship; and an old man sitting in a rocking chair during the entire telling of the tale.

These are facile resemblances to be sure, more a semblance of pattern than of substance, but it gets one to thinking whether Shepard is running out of things to say, or ways to say it.

Nonetheless, "Eyes for Consuela" is still a fascinating two hours of theater, especially so given the performances rendered by Oscar Rodriguez and Nicholas Ballas for the Santa Fe Playhouse. …

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