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