The Seeing Place Theater kicks off its 9th Season with a world-premiere adaptation of one of the world's best known fables. More…
A modern take on the classic story, "The Hysteria of Dr. Faustus" explores the solemn pact made between the devil and a man who has nothing left to lose. The brand new play combines Marlowe and Goethe's enduring fables into a dark and magical modern parable, staged in an intimate setting in the East Village.
"Walker examines the famous story through contemporary eyes, while staying true to its origins and various interpretations...There are a few tangential plot elements that pull the play in too many directions and weaken its overall impact...A twenty-minute trim would sharpen things significantly...This play is well-worth seeing, and, more importantly, it represents the next great leap forward for this always-exciting company.” Full Review
See it if you like high energy for a long, 2+ hours, some blood and a play about the devil and the occult. I really enjoyed everything about this show
Don't see it if are afraid of blood and the devil
See it if Old tale in the new twist. Making a pack with the Devil is not all as it seems to be.
Don't see it if It is a little bit too long. And if the mention of God bothers you. Small theater, not the best seats to sit in.
See it if you are interested in the long history of the tale of Dr. Faustus: this is a contemporary variant as morality tale for our times.
Don't see it if you do not like long plays that make you think, or plays that put ethical concerns on trial, or productions in a highly intimate space.
See it if A talented relatable cast and rewrite breathes new life into the old tale in intimate surroundings.
Don't see it if You want a fully polished fable. This slightly ragged script tries hard to cover all bases.
See it if You want to see the work of a talented actor/playwright who has presented an update of one man's deal with the devil.
Don't see it if You do not want to see creative work in a small, intimate setting. This was engrossing.
See it if This classic story is very appropriate for what we are experiencing in today's world. Self absorbed selfish greed and its repercussions.
Don't see it if It needs a nip and tuck with editing. Don't care about morality being confronted. Not willing to be patient as a layered story unfolds.
See it if you enjoy plays, you enjoy philosophical issues, you like the story of Faust, and/or you want a different theater experience.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy smaller productions, you don't like plays that deal with morality, and/or you don't like mention of religion.
See it if An offbeat show with an intriguing plot line with some good twists and turns appeals to you. Good set and lighting design.
Don't see it if You’re not prepared to sit through a LONG play. There’s a great 90-120 minute play in the three hours you are presented with.
See it if you know the story & are prepared for a riveting contemporary take; enjoy good dramas & want to support small passionate theater companies.
Don't see it if you're too bougie for your own good & expect spit-shine polish every time you sit @ a live show, whether On, Off, Off-Off, or in a loft.
See it if You want to see a play that will fit in nicely with Halloween around the corner. You want to support a great theatre company.
Don't see it if You dislike blood, visceral self-harm. You are a Goethe purist. (Do those exist? They must.)
See it if you like the original and want to see it updated but not transformed, you’d like to see some masterful performances
Don't see it if you don’t like slow moving plays, you are distracted by bad special effects
See it if you want to be immersed into the story of Faust with a new take by a young cast. Lots done with a small set and good lighting.
Don't see it if you can't sit for a while as this production could be a light tighter.
See it if You want to experience an original adaptation, and points of view on the archetypal story of Faust with a young ensemble cast;
Don't see it if You want a traditional rendition that does not pose contemporary/new questions to ponder that the writer puts in the second act and ending
See it if if you want to see an ambitious take of the Faustian story... and have a LOT of time on your hands.
Don't see it if you're looking for consistency and a tight script. Good ideas scattered about, but little attention to plot details leaves you confused.
See it if you want to see the fierce first 45 min. of the play which is pretty much a one-man tour de force by the titular actor/playwright Walker.
Don't see it if after the first bit, during which the writing is at its best (so good that I wish it had been a one-man show), you want to endure the rest.
See it if you want a 21st century take on Dr. Faustus, here an old man who foolishly thinks he can gain through a deal with the devil. Nope, he loses.
Don't see it if long plays that need better direction and editing try your patience, or you don't care for morality tales, this one being quite Christian.
See it if you enjoy themes of good vs. bad, christianity, and sci-fi.
Don't see it if it's an outdated production mixed with 90s film-influenced sci-fi moments, and generic overly simplified depcition of good vs bad
See it if Oh my God, I almost didnt get to see this show. So glad I did. It is frightening, insightful, intriguing, and leaves a lasting impact.
Don't see it if If you are easily offended when it comes to religion or if you scare easily.
See it if You like dark humor, modern retellings of classic stories, being up-close-and-personal with the actors. (Also good for Halloween.)
Don't see it if Stage blood makes you sick, or you don't want to sit through a pretty long play.
See it if Interesting concept-beginning set the tone- over played at times- too much prose. Lots of detail to absorb- transitioning awkward- slow slow
Don't see it if You're expecting excellent acting. Story is intriguing but executed in a slow confusing wordy execution. Characters went flat sometimes.
See it if you like stories about magic. One of the principal characters is Mephistopheles, who happens to be both devilishly evil and funny.
Don't see it if you like fanciful staging. They don't use ornate props.
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