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Chasing the New White Whale

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing, Clever

About the show

This ambitious new production uses Melville’s 19th-century monster as a metaphor for the modern plague of opioid addiction, exploring the ruinous effects of the epidemic on the commercial fishing industry. More…

"Chasing the New White Whale" follows the plight of legendary New England fishing Captain Robby Foerster and his boat The Northern Star as he falls deeply into addiction after a fateful first encounter with heroin. Drawing inspiration from "Moby Dick," the play connects Robby's addiction with Ahab’s obsessive pursuit of the Great White Whale, and re-imagines Captain Ahab's final thrilling chase in Moby Dick.

Member Reviews (12)


Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing, Clever
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Story between moby dick and addiction was muddled. If you want a new concept play.

Don't see it if Where the music drowns out the want a show that ties out properly.

Brilliant staging, Abstract, Messy script, Freezing theater, Terrific soundtrack

See it if you want to see a dramatic evocation of the current opioid crisis.

Don't see it if you want to see a play, not a visually inventive pageant of vaguely related abstractions.

Also Over the course of "Chasing the New White Whale," cast members wheel i... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you like experimental theater done in a huge space that is well-used by a talented cast with great music.

Don't see it if you want a solid story - it doesn't come together in the end and the hard folding chairs are not kind. Program is digital only.

Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You are really interested in Moby Dick. Or opioid addiction. You are better at making sense of confusing shows than I am.

Don't see it if You like shows to be coherent. It was dramatic. There were interesting enough characters. I have no idea what was happening.

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if .. you're interested in seeing an ambitious attempt to whaling with and opioid crisis... which falls short of coherence.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater

Experimental theatre, Needs work, Disappointing, Based on moby dick, Metaphor of whale as opioid addiction fails

See it if you like being preached to; you support indie experiments; "Moby Dick" by Melville is a favorite book; the fishermen's problems interest you

Don't see it if you like linear narratives; you'd like to understand how addicts get addicted; you prefer a cohesive plot with actions & consequences

Also Runtime = 85 mins [not 2 hrs].... Read more Read less

Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show with not much of a story but that tries to find parallels between Moby Dick and opioid addiction

Don't see it if You like your shows with a clear story and message. This one is sadly quite confusing

Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in an analagous play about addiction and Captain Ahab's chase of Moby Dick. You need to make the connection.

Don't see it if You can't think outside the box.

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you like to see a production with great staging and a profound topic that is not what you would usually expect.

Don't see it if You're not looking for something different and deep or you're looking for something frivolous.


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Don't see it if N

Cliched, Epic, Great staging, Indulgent, Dsitracted

See it if you're a member of the niche community of commercial fishermen affected by drug use.

Don't see it if you like stories that tell more than one side and have female characters with their own, independent arcs.

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Un-moving

See it if you like a unique production with a nice score, and interesting back story

Don't see it if you want to come away with a moving theater experience

Also This production has some great visual effects, and is very well acted.... Read more Read less

November 26th, 2018
"'Chasing the New White Whale' scores points for sheer gumption...It would be exciting to report that the playwright Gorman found a way to tie all these strands together — if only because modern theater does not write enough about either blue-collar characters or drug addiction — but 'White Whale...
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November 28th, 2018
“Visually impressive...Gorman’s muddled attempt at an epic drama of drug addiction...Instead of developing and relying on his viable scenario, Gorman utilizes two ineffective devices that distract from the plot...’Chasing the New White Whale’s’ worthy intentions are sidetracked by its clunky prem...
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November 28th, 2018
"It takes a lot of courage to take one’s personal agony and transform it into something meaningful, something with the potential to educate and impact the youth. Mr. Gorman gets full points for doing this and taking on a task that is much needed in the current times...While it is clear whose stor...
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November 27th, 2018
"Gorman’s text attempts to tackle a myriad of themes, characters and situations...It goes off in too many directions and is difficult to follow...I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters...There are just too many storylines with loose ends and not enough emotion...Director Adair keep...
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