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Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Quirky

About the show

In Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's production, the story of Johannes Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for ultimate knowledge, is staged with age-old technical tricks of Czech puppetry. More…

A classic of the Czech marionette repertoire, the play traditionally contains satirical pokes at contemporary authority figures, such as a king, a congressman, or a local mayor. The company’s adaptation was initially developed in 1990 and its topical references are updated to the current topsy-turvy political climate.

Member Reviews (14)


Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Quirky
Avg Score

Inventive, Clownish, Repetitive, Handsome

See it if you are interested in puppets or in versions of the Faust(us) story.

Don't see it if you think puppets are for kids.

Also Anyone with an interest in puppetry, theater history or the Faust lege... Read more Read less

Resonant, Slow, Traditional, Amusing, Great antique puppets

See it if you have not seen traditional puppet theater with political commentary and live music.

Don't see it if you dislike slapstick, puns and other low forms of humor.

Not petrifying, Random, Novel, Quirky

See it if interested in a humorous, Punch & Judy-like take on Dr. Faustus. Beautifully crafted antique marionettes, accordion music.

Don't see it if hoping for impressively life-like movement/emotion or...I don’t know...better acting from the puppets? There’s a fair bit of floating.

Also There’s also a lot of emphasis on a character called Pimprle. He’s lik... Read more Read less

Slow, Funny, Great puppets!

See it if You like puppets and accordion music. Cleverly staged.

Don't see it if You need a clear, linear plot. This generally follows the Faust storyline, but regularly veers off to modern jokes and irrelevant scenes.

Also Make sure you have a clear view the stage - I couldn't see half of the... Read more Read less

Kinda creepy

See it if You're a hardcore puppet person.I have to confess, I'm not into puppets but I thought these would be special. They weren't particularly.

Don't see it if You want the Faust story.A lot of slapstick that grew old pretty fast.I think I had a nightmare about the really clownish puppet. Too long!

Kitschy, Kooky

See it if you love marionettes.

Don't see it if comfortable seats matter to you.

Also if this had been 30 minutes in total, it would’ve been perfect.

Slow, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if You don’t mind a slow moving and overly long production with some pretty funny moments

Don't see it if You can’t take a slow-moving production with long pauses between jokes

Bad sound, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you like puppetry, the classic tale of Faust, enjoy historical theater artifacts, and old styles of presentation.

Don't see it if you mind bad sound and dialogue that is difficult to understand. Jokes that don't land (maybe sound) which is essential for puppets.

Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like marionettes more than story. You like seeing plays by people who're clearly having a lot more fun than the audience.

Don't see it if It's full of "topical" jokes that don't land and a storyline that's sort of nonsensical. Avoid unless you LOVE seeing puppets in action.

Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if you like charming marionettes,a talented accordion player, narrator marionette had a shrill voice that was impossible to understand.

Don't see it if you want to be able to breath in the theater. The venue is a dank, musty basement.

Also An ingenios ploy is to use the puppeteer's legs to look like trees.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like fun puppetry

Don't see it if You’re expecting something revolutionary.

Also While the cast was very enthusiastic, there are many problems. First a... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Confusing

See it if you enjoy puppetry, the story of Dr. Faust, and tongue-in-cheek humor.

Don't see it if you do not think puppetry is an appropriate way to tell classic stories, you might get a little confused if you don't know the story well.

Disjointed, Good voice acting, Amusing, Structureless, Kooky

See it if love puppets and would enjoy a no frills production in a basement venue.

Don't see it if you find puppets creepy or are bothered by needless current political references voiced throughout the show that don't belong in the story.

Funny, Clever

See it if You like puppetry as an art form or are interested in learning about it...

Don't see it if You like modern, flashy displays...

March 28th, 2019
"Brief but entertaining production...The black-box space downstairs at TNC has the perfect atmosphere for CMT's old time puppet theater...We all had a 'happy good night'—and the moral of the tale? Let each one ruminate on how the devil will get his due (or not)."
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