This is a wildly popular play based on the original German story - Faust. The play was first published 11 years after the author's death and about a decade after the very first performance took place. Critics call Doctor Faustus one of the most controversial and contradictory plays that were ever written, and discussions about the nature, the meaning and the true message of the play are still very popular in the theatrical world. Some critics even claimed that real, living devils once climbed onto the stage and turned the play into a horror show. Others said that it's all lies and the "show-runners" were just trying to create some buzz around it. The rights to the play are also not clear (officially they belong to the man who published the very first edition back in 1604).
By the way, it's worth mentioning that there are 2 versions of the same play - the "A" edition and the "B" edition. The first one is shorter, while the second one is enlarged and was reprinted during the 1619-1631 period, with additions and alternations being made to this very day. In the 17th century, people believed that the original edition was closer to the original play, but in the 1940s it all changed when the critics announced that the "B" text was the one and only true edition. However, today, in the 21st century, the "A" text is once again considered to be the proper one.
Yes, there is a lot of controversy surrounding this highly unusual play, but that's exactly what makes it so attractive and engaging for the true fans. It might be a bit hard to read a play like that, but if you manage to "make your way through" the first 10 pages or so, you'll be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind experience!