The Doctor and the Devils, now playing at CSV-Milagro Theatre, is Dylan Thomas' rarely seen indictment of base human behavior in which evil triumphs -- but not over innocence, since as Thomas posits it, no one is truly innocent. Yet, because of its depiction of society as unremittingly venal, the work calls for the sort of theatricality which is beyond the grasp of director and adaptor Dan Balkin and the modestly talented members of the Rag 'N Bone Theatre Company.
Thomas' plot -- built here of 24 salty vignettes -- is kicked off by Dr. Rock (David Jenkins), an anatomist who announces at the get-go that he believes "the end justifies any means." His insistence that scientific discovery trumps ethical niceties encourages two grungy tinkers, Fallon (Abdel Gonzalez) and Broom (Kristy Powers), to take up body snatching and, to that end, murder.
Soon they're snuffing street people right and left, which doesn't bother Rock, since his hands aren't bloodied. However, it does nag at underling Murray (the somewhat more polished Nathan Todd), who's taken a shine to doomed hooker, Jenny (Madeline Blue). The story could be ghoulish in some hands, but here, it simply registers more as foolish.
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