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The Whalephant

Members say: Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
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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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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.

 

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94
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Surprising, Sweet

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.

67
Confusing, Uneven, Literate writing

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.

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, 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.

10
Dizzying, Disappointing, 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 w... Read more Read less

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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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

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

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, 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

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.

100
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a good story with great acting!

Don't see it if You don't like creativity

89
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

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

87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like to learn a lot and laugh a lot.

Don't see it if You find gratuitous use of the F-word distracting.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

94
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy vernacular dialogue and maritime history

Don't see it if You're not a fan of swearing

100
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

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.

90
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great 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.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see

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

77
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if The maritime culture sings to you!

Don't see it if You don't like intimate sets

90
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy nautical adventures!

Don't see it if SEE IT!

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, 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. J... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Absorbing

See it if you like creative staging and historical drama.

Don't see it if you don't like the ocean!