Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Horror master tempts audiences with 'Devil'.(Stage)

Byline: Anthony DellaFlora JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

It may be difficult to drum up sympathy for the devil these days. But if anyone can do it, horror master Clive Barker can.

Barker puts a human face on evil incarnate in his play "The History of the Devil," a macabre courtroom drama that opens tonight at the Vortex Theatre.

At the heart of the play is the devil's desire to return to heaven, said director Miguel Martinez. So he brings together a judge and lawyers to present his case. The audience serves as the jury.

"He wants to be proven innocent, so he brings up parts of his past, things that he's done in the past, either to show that he's a good guy or that he's a bad guy," Martinez explained. …

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