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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.

Member Reviews (50)


Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Delightful
Avg Score

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.

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

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, 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, 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.

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

Clever, Slow, Loud, Informative, Banal

See it if you want to learn the history, commercial purposes, and practices of early 19th Century USA whaling and enjoy puppets, punk rock, and beer.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy loud punk rock, audience participation games, drunken audience and cast, uneven abilities of singers, minimal plot, puppets

Also Base guitar player is talented and nice eye candy. Puppetry is cleverl... Read more Read less

Imaginative, Clever, Quirky, Slow, Banal

See it if You want to see something really creative

Don't see it if You get bored easily

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Overreaching, Good music, 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

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.

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if there are few moments of lovely shadow puppetry; some of the humor works. But mostly the cast tries way too hard & its points are not novel.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy loud music, audience participation & strenuously energetic performances. The show is scattered bits that fail to cohere.

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

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

Fun, Clever, Quirky, Audience participation

See it if you like to be part of the show You like interaction and education

Don't see it if You don’t like to interact with the players you’re not interested in history of waleing

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.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Convoluted, Inconsistent

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Genre-bending

See it if you're ready to buy in to a production that's part improv, part punk show, part shadow puppets, part moral story, and part drinking game.

Don't see it if you're looking for conventional theater or are uncomfortable with participation.

Clever, Disappointing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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

Entertaining, Funny, Educational, Quirky, Interactive

See it if you'll enjoy an earnest, enthusiastic, & energetic cast recounting the history of whale hunting in a creative & surprisingly fun way.

Don't see it if you need a traditional plot/story (there isn't one). It's interesting vignettes on the theme of whaling, often involving audience volunteers

Also It seems "Hit the Lights!" Theater Co. are musicians without a lot (an... Read more Read less

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!

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.

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.

Quirky, Fun, Interactive, Engaging, Silly

See it if you want a fun night out, a chance to drink and watch a show, like sea shanties, want to see a young and versatile cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for depth, high-level musical ability, or an emotionally engaging show.

May 3rd, 2018
"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 audien...
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April 8th, 2017
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 ...
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