Faustus: Dark and Evil Devil Drama From Archway Theatre
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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This skilful adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's great play is performed in a 50-seat theatre that intensified the actors' remarkable dramatic power. The set is simple but effective. A "chorus" of seven women in monks' robes provide energetic narrative bridges and also appear in a medieval-style pageant of the Seven Deadly Sins, with Faustus succumbing to each one. Though the space is small, the actors declaim loudly and with remarkably clear diction, so that no word of Marlowe's great poetry is lost. Wiliam J. Reinbold as Faustus gets the lion's share of lines and very commendably dominates the stage, but this is a truly ensemble and bravura performance by an extraordinary groups of actors. There were a few stumbles on lines, but not enough to detract from overall merit of the performance. The first half is so coherent and ends so abruptly that it took the audience some time to realize that this was just the intermission and hence they lost the chance to applaud. If you go, clap loudly--the actors deserve it!
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A stream-of-Monday-consciousness review before I return to amusing my clients--so here comes: Classic or no, it's seems the worst of manners not to include the author's name in the billing, resigning him to a mention in the director's notes. ...continued
This show contains adult subject matter, sexual situations and violence.