Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

Doctor Faustus

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

Classic Stage Company's production starring Chris Noth, about a man who sells his soul to the devil for power, experience, pleasure and knowledge. More…

A pact with the devil brings boundless knowledge and endless gratification. There's just one little catch…Classic Stage Company tackles Christopher Marlowe’s ever-irreverent 'Doctor Faustus,' which remains as ahead of its time today as it was when it first scandalized audiences some four hundred years ago.

2h 20m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (17)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow
Avg Score

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Directorial disaster, Ineffective script

See it if you just want to gaze at Noth. DF was a mess. Nothing worked. A misguided production from start to finish that wasted talent and money.

Don't see it if you don't have to. The play's premise is intriguing (DF sells his soul to the devil) but yields no riches in this production.

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Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if you're into the classics.

Don't see it if you want something new and fresh.

Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of any of the casts and you do not mind a slightly different interpretation of a classic play.

Don't see it if prefer plays performed as intended or if you are not a fan of Faustus. l

Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You really like Chris Noth. I found it boring, slow and could not wait for it to end. Several people never came back after intermission.

Don't see it if You have things to do. Also totally unnecessary nudity. I am cool with nudity but it is not always necessary or relevant to the story.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to see Christopher Marlowe's play based on the classic deal with the devil story.

Don't see it if Cannot suspend modern thinking and consider the story to be dated ... and if you intend to hold Marlowe and Noth to Shakespearean standards.

Engaging, Smart, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of classic Renaissance drama, or a Shakespeare fan.

Don't see it if You do not like elevated language akin to Shakespeare, or plays that make you think.

Strange, Distubing, Histerical, Far fetched, Dramatic

See it if You like comedies or the TV Show the Canadian TV Series the Collector. There is a lot of audience interaction.

Don't see it if you don't like full frontal nudity and over the top humor.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Anyone who like classic theatre with a twist of modern sensibilities.

Don't see it if You can follow a complicated and thoughtful plot.

Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you love philosophy and the typical story about selling your soul to the devil. Watch the version with Arthur Darvill at the Globe.

Don't see it if you're easily confused by Shakespeare-type language. Though Shakespeare didn't write it, it's still a very old play.

Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a thought provoking intimate theater experience

Don't see it if You're impatient.

Dated, Funny, Ambitious, Slow, Quirky

See it if You like Elizabethan tragedies preformed on a small stages with many actors.

Don't see it if You don’t like slow moving plays.

Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Epic, Absorbing

See it if Great acting and writing in a play as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago when it was first produced.

Don't see it if don't view theatre as a thinking person's game or want to flex your intellect to keep up with an intricate plot.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love drama

Don't see it if don't like subtitles

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You have a love for Shakespeare and the profound question of balancing desire.

Don't see it if you don't like shakespeare

Edgy, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You love theatre that really engages an audience and uses a lot of movement/animal work and you like to be kept on your toes

Don't see it if You don't like the grotesque

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy modern takes on classics.

Don't see it if You have an aversion to theatre blood.


See it if you're a fan of Kit Harrington.

Don't see it if you value your time.

June 18th, 2015
"The wicked fun and games Faustus and friends get up to don’t appear particularly naughty or even enjoyable...The production’s central problem remains Mr. Noth’s inability to invest his 'Doctor Faustus' with palpable inner life. He’s not terribly convincing either in his moments of unbridled plea...
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June 18th, 2015
"Faustus’s inner turmoil doesn’t resonate with as much force as the buffoonery of yokels or the wonderfully weary malevolence of devil Mephistopheles. Danger in this madcap production comes largely from smashing the fourth wall, especially when Faustus meets the Seven Deadly Sins. Gluttony gobble...
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June 18th, 2015
"Christopher Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus' is performed so rarely on our shores it's a shame that the current revival by the Classic Stage Company is such an ill-conceived mess. Starring a miscast Chris Noth in the title role, this rendition directed by Andrei Belgrader strains so hard to emphasize ...
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June 18th, 2015
"But does any of this work? Hell no. But as is often the case with any kind of trainwreck theater, the brazen up-yours to convention becomes a sort of alluring pageantry in itself, however wrongheaded much of it is. One just wishes someone told Noth, who seems to be doing the same jut-jawed strai...
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