An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening

An Apology for the Course & Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening

by Mickle Maher

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
Oct. 25, Nov. 1, and Nov. 8 at 3 PM

at the Chopin Theatre
1543 West Division, Chicago map

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.

An Apology: FaustusAn Apology: Faustus & Mephisto

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.

John Faustus ............... Colm O’Reilly
Mephistopheles ............... David Shapiro
Written by Mickle Maher
Poster Artwork by Dave Buchen
Photography by Kristin Basta
Theater Oobleck works without a director.

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.

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