The Whalephant
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The Whalephant
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The Whalephant NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(19 Ratings)
Positive
79%
Mixed
16%
Negative
5%
Members say
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the Show

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (19)

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80 Reviews | 26 Followers
94
Delightful, Funny, Surprising, Sweet, Ambitious

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.

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
70
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are open to thought-provoking structured plays.

Don't see it if You prefer only straigh-forward writing.

267 Reviews | 52 Followers
67
Uneven, Literate writing, Confusing

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.

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
60
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Confusing, Unfocused

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.

700 Reviews | 129 Followers
10
Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Fluffy

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

Also I didn't really like anything about this play from the acting to the writing. I will say I was very impressed by the curtain speech it sounds like this theater has their head in the right place. The story doesn't really make much sense and I don't know why anyone would care about what is happening on stage. There wasn't much to any of the characters either. I would definitely stay away from this one

23 Reviews | 3 Followers
85
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

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

19 Reviews | 4 Followers
60
Confusing, Disappointing, Disjointed

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.

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like supporting new and inventive theatre.

Don't see it if you...don't? idk

Also An ambitious piece inventively staged by a fully committed ensemble. Jamie Watkins and his talented cast skillfully navigate the tonal/temporal shifts in Kartik Naram's script so that the pacing never lags, and Annalisa Ledson's evocative movement sequences are a highlight, immediately drawing the audience into the physical and visceral realities of commercial whaling ca. 1849. Costume and sound designs are stellar, especially considering the limitations of such a small-scale production.