Playwright Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, was stabbed to death at the age of 29, leaving behind a number of plays — Doctor Faustus, Tamburlaine and The Jew of Malta, among others — that were acclaimed in their time and are admired even today. The Classical Theatre Company is presenting Doctor Faustus, the tale of a doctor who sells his soul to the Devil. John Johnston, artistic director, says, “The decision to go with Doctor Faustus was an easy one. It’s one of the iconic stories not just from dramatic literature, but literature at large. It’s an age-old tale of selling something precious to gain your utmost desires. It’s also been vastly under-produced locally. In fact, we’ve been unable to find any record of it being produced in Houston whatsoever.” The work is directed by Philip Hays, and promises to be powerful and dark, as dark as…well, it does feature Lucifer and Mephistopheles!
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Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2:30, with a special Monday performance at 8 on February 3. February 16, At The Barn (formerly Barnevelder Arts Complex), 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-963-9665 or visit classicaltheatre.org. $20.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through Feb. 16, 2014