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LA Little Theater gives the devil his due

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By Kirsten Laskey

Who knew the devil could be so entertaining? From a fancy-dressed demon to a fiddler with a red face and horns, Satan showed his (or her) many faces during Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”Although the play is the main feature, the theater company shows its creativity in other performances. The evening begins with “Yogurt Security,” a 10-minute skit, which reveals the obstacles that confront airline travelers.Carrying their shoes and plastic bins Gloria (Patricia Beck) and Henry (Larry Gibbons) argue for their right to fly and have their yogurt, too. However, security guard, Tessa (Kelly LeVan), stands firm that any liquid exceeding 3.4 ounces is not allowed.The laughs easily tumble out as Gloria and Henry debate about whether or not yogurt is actually a liquid and just what age do people fall into the “senior citizen” category.Local playwright Robert Benjamin and Salt Lake City’s Elaine Jarvik wrote this clever skit that playfully pokes fun of homeland security and Los Alamos National Laboratory.The evening isn’t all fun and games. Next on the program is “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”Time is running out for Jabez Stone, an unlucky farmer in Crossroads, N.H., who traded his soul to the devil for wealth and fame. At midnight, on the day of his wedding, the devil will come to take Stone.Things are looking grim for the farmer. The wedding guests undergo strange possessions during the reception, the violinist plays a demonic tune and the crowd hears the cries of another unfortunate fellow who gets carried off by the devil.It’s not all bleak: Stone’s wife, Mary, stands by her man and lawyer Daniel Webster promises to take his case to court.While it’s slightly humorous to think of mortal man and Satan battling it out in a courtroom, Webster makes a profound and heartfelt plea for the members of the court to remember their humanity.The costumes and sets effectively transport the audience into 1841 New Hampshire and into a demonic courtroom.The devil continues its reign on the program with an excellent rendition of “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”The performance is a true highlight of the evening. The two fiddlers, as Johnny and the Devil, are fabulous and the remaining musicians and singers do a great job telling a tale of good and evil dueling with fiddles.Come and spend the evening with LALT, it will be a sinfully good time.The theater company presents the play “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” by Stephen Vincent Benet, with musical olios and local playwright Robert F. Benjamin and Elaine Jarvik’s latest satire, “Yogurt Security” at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Jan. 18, and 19. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Suitable for all audiences. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at CB Fox or at the door, 1670 Nectar St. For more information, call 672-9706 or see www.lalt.org.