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The Whale and the Dog Star

From 12 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.”

2h 0m | Already closed | The Alchemical Theatre (Chelsea)


“The Whale and the Dog Star” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

80
Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

Also I went to this for the sciencey elements because I'm a sciencey person... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Dizzying, Good acting

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.

Also The cast is particularly strong, Victoria Ric specifically. And aside ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining

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.

73
Funny, Slow

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).

70
Funny, Clever, Great writing, In-progress

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

69
Disappointing, Slow, Long, Good acting

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.

68
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

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

65
Ok venue / stagnant set + wall projection(s), Potential (w/better casting), Very funny yet annoying, Ambitious book / bit absurd, Weird staging / lacks directorial hand

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).

Also Tonight's opening nite was rough.... Read more Read less

63
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Also I thought the sound effects were good, beginning with the Contact byte... Read more Read less

20
Disappointing, Amateurish, Painful to sit through, 3 flights up & a folding chair for this???, Script is "lost in space"

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

Also Bolivian actress Victoria Ric, who plays Marie, has energy & enthusias... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if you like found family dramas, bickering scientists, heavy monologues, whales.

Don't see it if you want to see a really polished production.

Also Was a little disappointed with the treatment of the female characters.... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Too talky

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.


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