Road to Self-Satisfaction

Lee Blessing is content to tell you what you already know

Of course there have always been psychos. If some of today's more gruesome criminals claim to be motivated by fame, this play never explains how that differs from the ideological mania of Robespierre in the Nineteenth Century or the religion-fueled sadism of Torquemada in the Fifteenth. A play less interested in satisfying its audience's expectations would have shied away from taking potshots at the star system and would have sought out more elusive targets. Instead Blessing decided to play it safe, to allow us to leave his show feeling undeservedly mollified. He knows the theatergoing public doesn't much like "true crime" books anyway.

Daniel Lugo's twisted serial killer seems like the least threatening person in the theater
Daniel Lugo's twisted serial killer seems like the least threatening person in the theater

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Written by Lee Blessing. Directed by Rachel Finley. With Christopher Kauffman, Daniel Lugo, and Margie Elias Eisenberg. Presented Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. through December 17 by the Alliance Theatre Lab. Tickets cost $25. Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St, Miami Lakes, 305-567-2721, www.thealliancetheatrelab.com.

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