–John Beer, The Point
Read the whole thing.
An Apology for the Course & Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening
by Mickle Maher
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 8
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
SUNDAY MATINEES ADDED
Oct. 25, Nov. 1, and Nov. 8 at 3 PM
Tickets (cash only) are $12, more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke
For reservations call 773-347-1041
or reserve here
“Playwright Mickle Maher brilliantly turns the soul-bartering magician’s bid for omniscience into a plea for meaning where there is none.” –Chicago Reader, recommended
“[Colm] O’Reilly gives a performance filled with incredible detail and subtlety, each twitch and twinge delivered in close-up. Here is an actor plainly having the time of his life.” –Chicago Tribune
“Did we mention the play’s hilarious? O’Reilly, who created the role of Mephistopheles in Apology’s 1999 premiere, now plays Faustus to frantic perfection. … Unmissable.” –Five stars, Time Out Chicago
“Maher’s play is at times maddeningly profound, silly, funny, angry, illogical, and as interpreted by the musical vocalizations of O’Reilly, completely mesmerizing. … Do yourself a favor. Go see this and bring that friend of yours that simply has no use for fringe theater. This is one of those exceptional things that can make the doubter of storefront theater a convert.” –Angry White Guy in Chicago
Thanks to rave reviews and sold-out crowds, We are extending An Apology… through November 8, and adding three Sunday matinees. Performances are selling out fast; reservations highly recommended. For the complete critical roundup, look below, or see the news feed.
A lean, tragicomic version of the Faustus story, An Apology… presents Doctor Faustus in the last hour of his final night on earth – irritated, whining, drunk, and repentant of nothing save his failure to keep a proper diary. Over the course of this hour, he rails against his silent servant Mephistopheles and tells the fantastic tale of his life—a life filled with wonders, as well as an immeasurably vast evil.
For this tenth anniversary production, Oobleck restages An Apology… in the Chopin’s studio theater. Oobleck regular Colm O’Reilly, who played Mephistopheles in the original production—and whose performance was described by the Reader as “remarkable—despite the fact that he neither speaks nor moves”—takes on the role of Faustus.
ALSO, come see all manner of talented Oobleck irregulars in CABARET OOBLECK, Thursdays through November 4 at 7:30 PM in the Chopin’s cozy downstairs lounge.
Mickle Maher (playwright) is a cofounder of Theater Oobleck, and has been a playwright/adaptor/translator for 20 years. He has authored eight plays for Oobleck, including The Strangerer (funded by a grant from Creative Capital), Spirits to Enforce, and The Hunchback Variations. Other plays include Cyrano (translator) and The Cabinet for Redmoon Theater, and Lady Madeline for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Maher’s works have been produced throughout the country and in Europe. His children’s book, Master Stitchum and the Moon, is published by Bollix Books. His plays are published by Hope and Nonthings. He is currently working with Redmoon’s Frank Maugeri on a shadow/slide theater work about a very old Superman.
Colm O’Reilly (Faustus) has been a theater artist in Chicago for nearly 20 years and been in Oobleck shows for more than 10. He played Jim Lehrer in Mickle Maher’s The Strangerer Off-Broadway and in Chicago and created the role of Mephistopheles in the original production of An Apology… Other Oobleck work includes Letter Purloined, The Hunchback Variations, Spirits to Enforce, and Babbette’s Feast. He is a member of Curious Theatre Branch, performing most recently as Aston in The Caretaker, as well as in nearly 30 other plays, including ElvisBride, Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing at the MCA, Love Horse, Round and Round, and Whiskey in Blue. He was the voice of Cesare in Redmoon Theater’s The Cabinet. Colm is also a designer of sounds and graphics for Oobleck, Curious, and others.
David Shapiro (Mephistopheles) has acted and directed at theatres in Chicago, New York, Tampa, and Winnipeg. Most recently he played Leo Strauss in Oobleck’s Strauss at Midnight. He played Jack in the American premiere of Wallace Shawn’s The Designated Mourner at Steppenwolf and has been performing Shawn’s monologue play, The Fever, for many years. David played Ragnar in Shawn’s translation of Ibsen’s The Masterbuilder with director Andre Gregory and others from the cast of Vanya on 42nd Street. In Chicago he has also worked with the Neo-Futurists, Big Game Theater, and Stark Raving Ensemble.