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The Hysteria of Dr. Faustus

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (28)


Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining
Avg Score

Ambitious, Entertaining, Desperately needs editing!, Absorbing, Clever

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.

Clever, Ambitious, Bloody, Witty, Well played

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.

Also Two fine performances anchor “THE HYSTERIA OF DR FAUSTUS,” a contempor... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Great acting

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.

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

Also It does need trimming down in some areas and I'm sure in time it well ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Good performances / cool video-projection, Perfectly claustrophobic venue / ok set, Intelligent (relevant) modern take on faust, Bit humorous / edgy & dark / ambitious

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.

Also Perfect? No. Entertaining? DEF.... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Quirky, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

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.)

Also "Thanks Sam!" -Henry Faust. ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You like intimate, intelligent theatre with great acting and a clever script.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production or a 90 minute show.

Baggy modern rendition of devilish fable

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.

Also Jim Jim Jim liked the performances of playwright Brandon Walker & dire... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the legend and want to see it applied to modern life.

Don't see it if you don't like updatings of legends

Riveting, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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

This usually reliable theatre company hits a bump in the road here ...

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.

Ambitious, Long!, Confusing, Good acting, Nice projections

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.

Also The piece would have benefited from some outside artistic input as the... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to leave a theater with a smile on your face. I loved it. Playwright/actor was excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like to be up close to the acting. (no stage)

Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

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.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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

Ambitious, Great writing, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

Also This was definitely an interesting experience and a very profound and ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Slow

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

Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You love small plays, small sets & sits super close to the actors. The audience participation was cute.

Don't see it if You dislike blood, religion & devilish acts.

Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a twisted story about tricky demons.

Don't see it if You are uber religious.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying

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.

Ambitious, Banal, Dated, Fluffy, Raunchy

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

Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

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.

Also I really wanted to like and enjoy it- as there were some interesting t... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

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.

October 10th, 2018
"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.....
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