[Local events] Final performances: Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Sat Feb 4 11:35:45 PST 2006

Just two more weekends left in the run, after tonight . . .

the last performances will probably fill quickly (the theater seats just 
38), so make your reservations soon!


defunkt theatre proudly presents

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights

at the Back Door Theater
4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon

Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 pm, through Saturday 18 February, 2006

Pay What You Will Thursdays
$10-15 Friday and Saturday

Reservations: 503.481.2960 or go to www.defunktheatre.com

"Very likely the whole thing is extraordinary"

"defunkt's production does an excellent job encouraging audience members 
to expand their focus, to explore every corner of the Back Door stage 
with their ears and eyes instead of fixating on plot and character as 
one's used to doing." -- Johanna Droubay, Willamette Week

"defunkt created a seditious environment inebriated in an atmosphere of 
words. Excellent use of immersive
space . . . " -- followspot.blog

"Maybe a few Alice B. Toklas brownies would help." -- Bob Hicks, The 

With Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Gertrude Stein mischievously 
kicks out the door most everything we know about the Faust legend. 
Doctor Faustus has indeed sold his soul to the devil, but this time for 
the power to light the lights. At his home, with a young boy and a 
talkative (and overly thankful) dog, lighting the lights is all he does. 
Into this absurdly static life enters Marguerite Ida and Helena Annabel 
(one woman with two names), who claims to have been bitten (or stung?) 
by a viper and whose true power shines brighter than Faustus (and 
perhaps even than the devil) can imagine. Equal parts absurd comedy, 
musical, and dramatic poem, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights teasingly 
defies expectations, easy summaries, and consistent genres, while 
presenting a wholly unique and timely take on a well-known story about 
knowledge as ultimate power.

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