Sound & Fury's Doc Faustus
Comedy troupe deliver a low-quality western pastiche of the famous morality tale
This article is from 2012.
When you first read, or saw an adaptation of, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, was your first thought: ‘it’s okay but what it really needs is more cowboys’? If you did Sound and Fury have answered your prayers with a country and western take on the classic morality play.
This LA-based trio describe their playlet as ‘stand-up with a story’ and it serves as an ample jumping off point for plenty of buffoonery, silly costumes, daft voices and comedy songs. Having already tackled Cyrano de Bergerac and Sherlock in previous years there’s a lovely chemistry between the cast and it almost scrapes thought on goodwill alone. If only they had raised their quality threshold sharpening some of the juvenile jokes and groan inducing puns. The shambolic nature is part of Sound and Fury’s charm, regularly dropping character to make asides to the audience, some gags feel wonderfully off the cuff but many of the fluffed lines and missed cues feel rehearsed. Sporadically very funny but too much filler.
Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 8pm, £9--£10 (£8--£9).