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Doctor Faustus

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Wienerworld UK
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B2F97C

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb production of a classic play September 15, 2011
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If you are reading this review, most likely your already know that Christopher Marlowe's "DOCTOR FAUSTUS" (1588) is the first great tragedy in Elizabethan. Yet it is seldom performed -- and with good reason.
First of all, scholars are still debating just how much of text we have as actually written by Marlowe. Secondly, the play has an enormous cast of characters. As if these casting difficulties are enough, the two principal characters, Faustus and Mephistophelis have lengthy and demanding speeches and are on-stage for much of the action; so these parts call for actors with both physical stamina and vocal dexterity and power. Third, there is a big gap between the descriptions of the protagonist's magical power and the (rather unimpressive) examples of these powers presented on stage. This poses a real test of the imaginative and technical resources of the director and production crew. And finally, the frequent comic interludes were pretty much rough clowning to start with and they haven't gotten any funnier with the passage of four hundred years.
Until now, the only readily available video was the alternately leaden and amateurish 1968 Burton/Taylor version. I had never heard of either Stage on Screen or Greenwich Theatre, London. But when I happened across a listing for this 2010 DVD of a stage performance in front of a live audience, I decided to take a chance on it.
And am I glad I did!
Not only are leads -- Garreth Kennerly as Faustus and Tim Treloar as Mephistopheles -- more than up to the demands of their parts, the rest of the cast performs their multiple parts at the same level of professional expertise. The sheer number of characters gives the action the feel of an epic adventure unforlding.
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If you like Marlowe, you will love this presentation of Faustus. Wonderful acting, and stage settings, almost like sitting in a theatre.
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