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From 2 critic and 50 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

About the show

Hit the Lights! Theater Co. presents a puppet-theater piece, which draws inspiration from punk rock, game shows, and documentaries to tell the story of Melville's masterpiece 'Moby-Dick.' More…

Using handmade shadow puppets, vintage overhead projectors, and a punk rock house band to explore the classic novel, 'Whales' offers a unique glimpse into the world of the legendary title creature and the men who hunt him.

Village Voice

"A scruffy-punkish sixty-minute shadow-puppet sing-along unclassifiable, more a hard-boozing playdate or thought experiment than a narrative...Some of 'Whales' plays like boozy, swearing children’s theater for grown-ups. In playful and engaging crowd-interaction sequences, the cast enlists audience members to playact the life of whalers...The economics of whaling stir terrific feeling from a cast of musicians, puppeteers, and presenters." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "The whole evening feels kind of like an old variety-entertainment show...There is a lot of information that gets passed along through the performance, but the actors never let it feel like a lecture; it's really more like a party...'Whales' is also a punk-rock concert...The timing and rhythm of the music do a lot to preserve the momentum of the play and keep energy up...The storytelling is innovative, engaging, and educational." Full Review

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy drinking! Ok, alcohol aside, this fast-paced, high-energy theater piece is a real exquisite example of blending high and low brow

Don't see it if You hate beer. No, truly, if you don't like to drink, don't go. Landlubbers need not apply. Otherwise, get your swarmy ass to the PIT now!

Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want to see an energetic and playful performance that engages an audience to the play, making everybody laugh and participate.

Don't see it if you are boring :) you are looking for a traditional theater experience.

Also From the first seconds of entering the premise, we sensed that's gonna... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun easy quirky funny evening about whales. Such a clever talented cast who made so much out of so little.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight drama and don't enjoy snark.

Game show with puppets, live rock soundtrack, and moby dick

See it if Funny. Great music. Giving the audience some background to the whaling industry, putting Moby Dick in context.

Don't see it if If you want a highly polished, lavish show.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you hate whaling, love free beer, and don't mind getting in on the fun.

Don't see it if you need shows to have an actual plot rather than a message, or if you prefer a barrier between you and the performers.

Also Whales is a show that is pretty much impossible to describe, but I'm g... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if you like interactive theater. The cast interacts with the audience making each show unique.

Don't see it if you don't like interactive theater.

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like quirky, cleverly staged shows that shine a light (pun!) on interesting areas of history

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot-based story or a traditional character narrative show

Clever, Educational, Funny

See it if you enjoy audience interaction that isn't completely awkward; you like seeing how clever people can be with paper cut-outs

Don't see it if you feel awkward about being a teetotaler

Enchanting, Hilarious, Riveting, Entertaining, Intense

See it if you love great punkish music w/a creative puppet show; good humored historical information w/fun audience interaction

Don't see it if You don't like edgy music;if u don't like sm amounts of beer served to consenting adults w/in the audience playing a game show on stage

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You like informational rock opera with a talented band and multimedia puppetry with audience participation and drinking games

Don't see it if You only like traditional Broadway shows

Creatively minimal, Drinking games + informational theatre, Low rent vibe, Talented/committed company, Seen again may 11, 2018

See it if adventure, sea faring punk/shanties, informational gameshow drinking games with giant dice, creatively minimal shadowPuppet theatre thrill u

Don't see it if garage band sound, now at the PIT, audience participation, tattoos, shadow puppets, drinkingGames, slaughter of whales bother you

Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Clever, Quirky

See it if you appreciate imaginative fun & obscure info. 40 seats allows cast to communicate one to one with audience members. Free tattoo & alcohol

Don't see it if you need a plot, a themed variety show. The audience as the crew of a whaling ship is invited to roll giant dice determining their adventure

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Whale hunting facts, and the story behind Moby Dick and playing Audience drinking games. Plus shadow pictures moving on stage

Don't see it if Drinking game, and loud music. Audience participation.

Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Educational, Activism art

See it if You want to learn about human treatment of whales or enjoy educational theatre. This is social activism art at its most creative!

Don't see it if You like a larger theatre space and don't particularly care for animal abuse. There's a lot of wonderful audience interaction as well!

Clever, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if Avant-garde punk rock fun

Don't see it if It closes soon

Clever, Quirky, Educational, Great music

See it if Fun original show, surprisingly educational.

Don't see it if Looking for polished production. Do not like loud music

Clever, Educational, Well-performed music, Creative, Funny

See it if you enjoy participatory theater that is both informational and funny, with some lovely shadow puppets. And you learn a lot about whaling.

Don't see it if you only like traditional theater, rather than something more participatory that has a DIY vibe.

Clever, Intelligent, Great staging, Quirky, Great music!

See it if You like to learn something with your punk rock and drinking games, in this case, a little something about saving the whales.

Don't see it if You don’t like very informal theatre. It’s more fun if you participate but they don’t make you feel self conscious if you don’t.

Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if you looking for a lesson on the whaling industry told in a fun and interesting way. I enjoyed the show, but it's not for everyone.

Don't see it if you are not interested in learning about the whaling industry or moby dick. Some of the songs can also be annoying to some.

Also I enjoyed the uniqueness of the show. I felt the Game show portion wit... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You want historical fun facts about whaling in a relaxed setting. You enjoy immersive musicals & non-traditional staging.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional adaptation of Moby Dick. You don't like immersive staging. You don't like audience participation & drinking games.

Clever, Funny, Enchanting, Unique, Intelligent

See it if You want to have a good time and see something different. Educational but still adult oriented

Don't see it if You don’t like audience participation

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if With a creative team of six players, the show had whole audience involved while telling the whaling industry. We had a whale of great time!

Don't see it if You are looking for elaborate production design and don’t like audience participation.

Great band, Strong visuals, Friendly atmosphere, Engaging, Lightweight

See it if you would like to spend a pleasant hour with engaging performers among a friendly audience for a piece that looks good & sounds great.

Don't see it if you are allergic to even the least intimidating forms of audience participation.

Also I was happy that drinking games play a smaller part in “Whales” than a... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a shadow puppet, drinking game, audience interactive, surprisingly educational, rock musical version of Moby Dick.

Don't see it if audience interaction isn’t your thing, prefer proscenium staging, or if you have sensitive hearing (the guitar is absurdly loud).

Also Also, there is tons of cursing. Not for kids, obviously.

Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Lo-fi, Energetic

See it if you like shadow puppets, loud music, improv and whaling infotainment.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight forward show about Moby Dick.