The Tank and Current Harbor present a new play about history and family, legends and hoaxes, and the search for self while out at sea. More…
In 1849, Moses Spouter sparked a sensation when he claimed to have encountered a giant sea monster with the head of an elephant attached to the body of a sperm whale. The Whalephant becomes instant folklore in the watery parts of southeastern Massachusetts. Today, Abe Spouter hopes to use the Whalephant legend in a last-ditch effort to rescue his flagging business. To do so, Abe must enlist the help of his estranged daughter as well as his loyal but incompetent crew. 'The Whalephant' intertwines the story of Abe’s desperate scheme with the dark truth of Moses’ tall tale.
See it if you are interested in how a play is developed. There are some suggested ideas but they need considerable further work.
Don't see it if you are looking for a completed theatrical work with fully evolved characters, plot, theme etc.
See it if You really want to work hard and use your imagination. It's a very black box set.
Don't see it if You are bothered by way too much use of the F bomb for absolutely no reason at all
See it if You like to support innovative theatre. The production was uneven and the ending confusing, but the writing was quite beautiful at times.
Don't see it if You want plays to be perfect, or can't stand them less than fully staged.
See it if you want a show to grab you by the hand and take you in unexpected directions; you like a blend of crass humor and a sad, beautiful heart.
Don't see it if you need everything smoothed out - there are subplots here that could be whole shows, and so they can't get full attention and detail.
See it if With minimal stage props, the play delivers an easy story line to follow, makes your mind not even think of the props. Great great actors!
Don't see it if Small intimate plays are not your thing
See it if you want to see a play that offers two competing but similar story-lines from the past and present occurring at the same time.
Don't see it if you want to see a coherent play that focuses on its goals (opposed to coming off as trying to be edgy for complexity). I give it a C grade.
See it if You like shows that are completely absorbed in their world with great humor and drama
Don't see it if You don't like New England or the sea aesthetic
See it if you are excited by experimental theater that balances humor and pathos.
Don't see it if you are looking for a predictable night at the theater.
See it if You like being challenged with a non conventional narrative. If you want to see a whale hunt staged. If you like to see ensemble theater.
Don't see it if You only like conventional stories/staging.
See it if you want something fun to do this weekend and you like the sea!
Don't see it if you are a child -- there is some swearing so it's not for you.
See it if you like a passionate, hardworking storyline about adventure, relationships, American regional economy and folklore
Don't see it if lots of swearing sailors - not good for children