The Devil Takes You! - The title of the play evokes the traditional Czech response to the well-known theatrical expression "Break a leg!" - but this play fulfils the order literally. The well-known creative duo presents the seven deadly sins (avarice, sloth, lust, glutony, envy, wrath and pride). Each time, an individual sinner signs himself over to the devil, who fulfils his wishes and then takes him off to hell. The individual stories are presented by two travelling comedians (Milena Jelínková and Petr Borovský) using puppets of every type, from marionettes to mannequins in the size of a person.
Tomáš Dvořák (1956), director of the play "The Devil Takes You" studied at DAMU theatre school. After that, he started to work at Alfa Theatre in Pilsen in 1979, where, with the exception of a year spent at the Naive Theatre from 1989 to 1990, he still works. Productions he has directed include "The Wake in Hudlice and Prague", "Good Gracious", "It's the Dogheads and Love Saves All". Together wit artist Ivan Nesveda he draws on the legacy of traditional puppet theatre, something that is particularly noticeable in their productions of plays by Iva Peřinová at the Naive Theatre in Liberec: "The Headless Knight", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "Alina or Petřín in Another Part of the World", "The Handsome Fireman or Fire in the National Theatre" and "Swan Lake".
[pmg]http://www.festivaldivadlo.cz/en/predstaveni/160/ and 22nd International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (printed edition)