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Big Too Small in “Doctor Faustus”

Big Too Small in “Doctor Faustus”

BY ANDY HUMM | Is this the play that launch’d modern theater? Classic Stage Company provides a very interesting essay on that subject by artistic director Brian Kulick. Would that they had provided a worthy production of Christopher Marlowe’s seminal “Doctor Faustus” about an actual showman around whom a myth grew that he must have […]

Men Behaving Madly

Men Behaving Madly

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | No one can accuse the Classic Stage Company of shirking a challenge. Last spring, the troupe mounted Bertolt Brecht’s vexing fable “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” helmed by CSC artistic director Brian Kulick with original music by Duncan Sheik (Tony Award winner for “Spring Awakening”), to mixed reviews. The wildly uneven tone and […]

The Caucasian Chalk Circle Jerk

The Caucasian Chalk Circle Jerk

BY ANDY HUMM | Bertolt Brecht wrote “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” in 1944 as an epic piece of agitprop about the evils and absurdities of war and totalitarianism. What was performed in 1962 by the Royal Shakespeare Company with a cast of 30 playing 90 roles has been reduced to a band of seven troupers at […]