Saturday, January 21, 2006

Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights

defunkt theatre
January 20, 2006; closes February 18, 2006

Defunkt created a seditious environment inebriated in an atmosphere of words. Excellent use of immersive space: arena provided depth to accomplish oblique script, occasionally punctuated by breaking fourth wall, though harder edge might’ve revealed more. Notable: Amaya Villazan’s convincing Marguerite-Ida-and-Helena-Annabel; Matt Marble’s disquieting sound design; Lori Sue Hoffman’s idiosyncratic costumes.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Followspot, can you please clarify, how does defunkt seditious is the adjective form of the noun sedition which means incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. Did you feel this play ran on a theme of resistance to lawful authority?

Anonymous said...

Sorry that should say, How does Defunkt create Defunkt a seditious environment?

Anonymous said...

Copy and paste isn't working so good this morning. Please excuse the grammer errors.

Follow Spot said...

I suppose one might easily find sedition within the story; that would be an interesting discussion. What I meant, however, was not resistance to lawful authority in a literal sense, but, figuratively speaking, subversive to more traditional theatre conventions or expectations, beginning notably with Stein’s tongue-heavy “bucking the trends” script.

Follow Spot said...

I have a self-imposed rule-of-thumb not to edit my posts once they're published, but if I could bend that rule (which in effect this comment is doing), I would substitute "harsher" for "harder". Maybe it's a only a matter of degree, but … there, I feel better for saying so.

Follow Spot said...

And, for the record, "inebriated" here is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Bizarre! Weird! Bizarre! Did I mention weird?

I will never be able to hear the phrase "thank you" in quite the same way again.

Damn that dog!

rufus said...

Pretty to look at. Yes, pretty.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I understood it all, but I did love the costumes!