The good doctor, John Faustus, is playing out the last night of his string. His deal with the Devil has come due, and it is now his obligation to apologize for the appalling state of his diary. Rather than studiously note the details of his years spent in thrall to the Devil, Faustus has opted to make serial art of his diary, slashing hash marks in orderly groups across the page. Why? The answer is to be found in that most powerful form of magic ever devised by God, Devil or man; language itself is the hope and curse of Faustus. As he monologues about his infernal pact, his jaunts through time and his reasons for leaving his story to be told not by himself but by wordy mofos Goethe and Marlowe, Faustus celebrates the beauty of the spoken word and what it can reveal — but it was with a word that he agreed to this dead-end deal. The Midnight Company presents Mickle Maher's tragicomic (deep breath now) An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday (June 2 through 10), and then at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (June 15 through 24) at Dressel's Pub (419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-487-5305 or www.midnightcompany.com). Tickets are $15 to $20.
Wednesdays, Thursdays; Tuesdays-Thursdays. Starts: June 2. Continues through June 24, 2010