Whales NYC Reviews and Tickets

(50 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (50)

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180 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

116 Reviews | 18 Followers
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.

90 Reviews | 9 Followers
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.

56 Reviews | 26 Followers
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

77 Reviews | 8 Followers
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

254 Reviews | 138 Followers
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

611 Reviews | 142 Followers
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

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
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

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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