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Faust 2.0

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing

About the show

Mabou Mines re-imagines Part II of Goethe’s 19th-century masterwork by exploring contemporary themes of globalization, economics, the environment, and gender politics. More…

"Faust 2.0" opens with Faust’s bargain with Mephistopheles. Once the deal is made, Faust finds himself as part of a corrupt and dysfunctional kingdom in the midst of various crises, and his journey results in war and ecological and social problems. Faust exemplifies the global plutocrat utilizing coercion to gain more profit. In the end, he is redeemed at the expense of progress, humanity, and society.

Member Reviews (5)


Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing
Avg Score

Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you like a differnt wsy of producing a classic play. Interesting direction that makes it good at certain times.

Don't see it if It looses its lusrer after a while. A modern play of a classic that goes awry. Teadous comes into play, edgy, new but not great.

Multimedia, Mythic, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in variants on the Faust tale or like to keep abreast of the current work of storied veterans of downtown theater.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a well-made play: This is multimedia, imagistic & diffuse.

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Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you love classical texts, classical language adapted by a master, and great actors! Or you are researching the use of technology onstage.

Don't see it if you hate the use of technology onstage that reduces the greatest actors to parts and flatness, sleep when live actors talk to screens

Quirky, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You love mixed media, adaptations, and beautiful light and set designs.

Don't see it if You don't like loud noises, flashing lights, or confusing pacing.

During previews
Slow, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you enjoy unique takes on a classic play using multimedia and video interaction on stage.

Don't see it if you you like your theatre to have a more clear plot and storyline.

April 2nd, 2019
"In her thrilling intensity, Ms. Kandel overcomes the trouble that hamstrings the rest of Sharon Ann Fogarty’s complexly ambitious production...Yet the staging almost always feels disjointed — as if the live and recorded actors were on different planes, and not in a meaningful way...It’s weird, t...
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April 3rd, 2019
“Maguire’s faithful, inventive and passionate adaptation...Maguire’s fine writing contains sly humor, melancholy and a classical sensibility that melds well with the multimedia theatrics on display...Fogarty’s colossal staging weaves together the many disparate technical elements into a unified m...
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April 2nd, 2019
“Mabou Mines takes on the German classic, with mixed results...’Faust 2.0’, contains moments of humor and beauty but doesn't coalesce into a clear or fully satisfying experience...Fogarty's interpretation of this timeless tale is constantly surprising, if not always inspired...The play has too ma...
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April 3rd, 2019
"The multimedia components of the production run wild here, resulting in a disjointed presentation that never does full justice to the text or its performers...’Faust 2.0’ is gifted with a thought-provoking script and strong acting, but the production simply doesn't showcase them to their fullest...
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