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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

Imaginative, Clever, Quirky, Slow, Banal

See it if You want to see something really creative

Don't see it if You get bored easily

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

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.

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

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.

Uneven, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing

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

Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you'd like to learn a bit about the whaling industry in a creative way

Don't see it if you don't like loud music

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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