Whales
80

Whales NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(50 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
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.'

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Member Reviews (50)

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1003 Reviews | 412 Followers
81
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
85
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

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
83
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.

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
80
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. Read more

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
81
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.

477 Reviews | 128 Followers
85
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

302 Reviews | 85 Followers
70
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 Read more

299 Reviews | 56 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (2)

Village Voice
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 audience members to playact the life of whalers...The economics of whaling stir terrific feeling from a cast of musicians, puppeteers, and presenters."
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Theatre is Easy
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 the music do a lot to preserve the momentum of the play and keep energy up...The storytelling is innovative, engaging, and educational."
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