The Whale (review)

The Whale (review)
The Whale (review)
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THE PLAY: A massively obese man struggles to exist (literally and figuratively), while several people pass thru his apartment.

 

THE PRODUCTION: When a show centers around such a distinctive character it’s vital that the actor can carry the weight. Michael Hawke (in a lumpy fat suit but missing extra chins) wheezes and labors convincingly, while delaying sympathy for the character until the final scenes. The rest of the cast is also strong, especially Deejay Gray, who brings a comic, electric energy when he’s on stage and newcomer Gwyenth Sholar, who makes an unpleasant character enjoyable. Director Julie Fulcher-Davis has guided the actors with sensitivity and effective staging. This solid production helps disguise the fact that the play mostly skims the surface of its emotional potential. The technical aspects contribute their part as well.

 

THE POINT: A solid production that’s more interesting than powerful, due largely to the script’s limited depth.

 

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

At HATTheatre thru 3/8

 

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