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.
"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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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