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Whales

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Delightful, Ambitious
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Hit the Lights! Theater Co. presents the New York premiere of this puppet-theater piece, which draws inspiration from punk rock, game shows, and documentaries to tell the story of Melville's masterpiece 'Moby-Dick.'

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Using handmade shadow puppets, vintage overhead projectors, and a punk scum 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 relentlessly.

 

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80
Theatre is Easy

"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

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75
Clever, Great staging, A little thin

See it if You absolutely love everything that Pig Pen does. This is not their best.

Don't see it if With kids. Not that kind of puppet theater.

69
Ambitious, Entertaining, Good music, Overreaching, Not enough of the story

See it if You want to support a young company with a lot of energy & spirit, and you enjoy participative theatre and shadow puppets. Good music, too.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy participative theatre including games, or wouldn't enjoy a long trek to Brooklyn for an hour long show.

Also This theatre company seemed to really put a lot of energy and effort i... Read more Read less

62
Ambitious, Inconsistent, Entertaining, Convoluted

See it if you want to experience an interactive adaptation of Moby Dick with punk rock and remarkable projection work

Don't see it if you dislike audience interaction, want to experience a straightforward adaptation of the source material, or want a cohesive product.

Also The concepts at the core of this show are brilliant. Mobdy Dick, inven... Read more Read less

71
Youthful, fun, educational & interactive

See it if You live in Brooklyn (or visit regularly) - you want a light hearted night out You are in the mood for performance (not theater )

Don't see it if You are looking for theater,or you are traveling from the suburbs or Northern Manhattan

Also Whales is a series of performance pieces and games - the group is very... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, Disappointing

See it if You want to laugh and learn. Like Ted Talks (aka this seemed more like a history lesson to me with some laughs than a narrative)

Don't see it if You want something that follows the plot of Moby Dick or hate audience participation.

Also I am a history buff so this was right up my alley but I was expecting ... Read more Read less

85
Creatively minimal, Participatoryaly entertaining, Drinking games + informational theatre, Low rent vibe, Talented/committed company

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, an actual garage as venue, audience participation, tattoos, shadow puppets, drinkingGames, slaughter of whales bother you

83
Absorbing, Clever, 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!

85
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

80
Ambitious, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something fun and different.

Don't see it if you do not like interactive theater or have a hard time hearing the details of whale hunting.

95
Funny, Clever, Quirky

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.

75
Creative, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You're looking for something fun, entertaining and interactive

Don't see it if You want something that holds closely to the plot of Moby Dick, you're wanting something family-friendly

60
Delightful, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if You want to see a puppet musical in a fun and easy-going atmosphere; you want to learn about 19th century whaling practices.

Don't see it if You will be put off by excitement about killing whales; you hate pop-punk, people drinking alcohol, or audience participation.

Also The show is super uneven. It drifts back and forth between underscored... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy learning and laughing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy creative storytelling.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if like puppet theater for Adults, and immersive theater experiences.

Don't see it if don't like audience participation.

73
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Educational

See it if You like social activism art! Equally as entertaining as it is educational, Whales immerses the entire audience in the show's environment.

Don't see it if You don't like edgier, purposeful shows. There's not a linear plot, rather talented actors performing hilarious veignettes.

89
Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to be fully immersed in an experience of singing, acting, shadow puppetry, live music, games and education

Don't see it if You're looking for a quiet evening show that does not involve audience participation, music and drinking games

90
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like low-budget shows with inventive storytelling and audience participation... and GROG!

Don't see it if If you don't like seat of your pants experimental theatre.