Theater: Jobsite Theater's The History of the Devil

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What do you think Satan would say at his own parole trial? How could he convince you, the audience and would-be jurors, that he deserved to be freed from Hell and returned to Heaven? What if his defense team made valid arguments, painting the Devil as an innocent observer of humanity who somehow became man's greatest scapegoat, and proving their point with testimonies that take you back in time to key points in their client's history? What if you found yourself questioning the very nature of good and evil, found yourself wondering whether or not anyone truly deserves an eternity of torment? Horror luminary Clive Barker explores these provocative questions and others in his darkly humorous play, The History of the Devil, which was originally produced by Jobsite Theater in 1999 and was its first box office smash. The company stages a 10th anniversary revival that fittingly opens in the days leading up to Halloween weekend and features four of the original production's cast members. A preview presentation takes place Wed., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., with the show running Oct. 30-Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Shimberg Playhouse-TBPAC, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $10 preview /$24.50 general ($10 rush ticket for students, seniors and available 30 minutes before curtain), jobsitetheater.org. Leilani Polk

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