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click to enlarge Whitney Dottery, Lauren Vogel, Dana Omar, and Kate Carson

Whitney Dottery, Lauren Vogel, Dana Omar, and Kate Carson

Evan Hanover

When: May 27-29 2016
Price: $36
the-hypocrites.com
As in many of the loose adaptations of classic works presented by the Hypocrites, this modern-language riff on Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus stays true to neither the letter nor the spirit of the original. Adapters Emily Casey and Sean Graney (who also directs) have the titular scholar trade her soul to hell—not for knowledge or power, but for a chance to topple Christianity. Turns out Faustus has been anti-religion ever since her parents were killed in a holy war. The cast of Graney's hour-long production perform the jokey script with a lot of enthusiasm, but their efforts can't distract from the show's fundamental incoherence in matters ranging from plot to whatever it is Casey and Graney are trying to say about religion. —Zac Thompson

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