A new drama that explores mourning, the unknown, and what it is to be a family. More…
Four astrophysicists, one custodian, and a whale, lost in the cosmos. These beautiful misfits band together to search for the impossible in “The Whale and the Dog Star.”
See it if you enjoy a work with potential that needs tightening up performed by a good cast that mostly interact quite well - it's a different family!
Don't see it if you want a polished play on the subject of work relationships: it's a bit long, with many scene changes in a loft in which the sound bounces
See it if you want to experience 5 characters try to figure out why am I here, what am I good at, what's really important, who is really 'my family'?
Don't see it if you prefer major productions in a real theater-setting, w/masterful performances (it's a loft on 14th, w/uncomfortable 2-tiered seating).
See it if you are so patient & forgiving that you can endure a play where even MARTIN, a main character, complains of BOREDOM (& you know he's right)
Don't see it if you can't abide small-scale indie theatre, if you prefer a script that makes sense, if you prefer a polished, professional production
See it if Good dialog. It's quite funny in parts. It touches on mourning and obsession and feminist STEM issues but isn't really ABOUT any of them.
Don't see it if You need everyone to act at the same level. You need equally good 1st and 2nd acts (Act 1 is slooooooow).
See it if you are good at locating ambitious ideas and writing muddled in a play that hasn't found it's footing and badly needs directing and editing.
Don't see it if if the above sounds unappealing.
See it if want an interesting study on brilliance and boredom, love and loss. Overall solid acting and, except for the last 10 minutes, solid script.
Don't see it if you're easily distracted by minimal sets and production, intense yelling scenes and an ending that's a bit of a cop-out.
See it if You want to see great acting and are interested in uncovering underlying themes in a play.
Don't see it if You want light hearted theater or only enjoy musicals.
See it if You enjoy work-in-progress. Intimate venues with folding chairs. Moby Dick. Decent writing but a bit long winded.
Don't see it if You want a big splashy production of a classic work. A comedy. A musical.
See it if you want to see an excellent play with a lot of potential, but a few quirks left to work out. you are interested in funny contemporary drama
Don't see it if you are turned off by amateurishness in acting or struggles with lines, you get bored easily, you prefer very professional theatre
See it if You enjoy science, weirdness, ambition, and total wackiness... and you have a tolerance for missteps.
Don't see it if Getting all the moments right really matters to you, and you need strong internal consistency. You don't want something weird.
See it if Harlan K did heavy lifting to put life into the lines/role. Paul A is an anchor of humanity for these small productions. 2 actors to see!
Don't see it if You have no patience for a play that talks too much for 110 minutes and then realizes it has to wrap everything up in the last 10 minutes.