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Ishmaeal

theatre · poor man theatre company, a lumpy-cramp(c) production · Ages 13+ · family friendly · flashing lights · world premiere · United States

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ANONYMOUS June 21, 2012
The beginning sets an eerie tone and leaves you feeling a little uncomfortable. As they ease you into a rendition of Moby Dick, Alex Bennett as Captain Ahab and Natasha Creger as Starbuck deliver stellar performances as they breath life into strong meaningful characters balancing good,evil and obsession. Making it very hard to choose a side. On a comedic note Chad W. Michael steals the show with his animated gestures and audience interaction. Now on to the polictial piece. While it did raise some important issues it seemed like an afterthought and didn't fit well into the show. In closing Capt. Ahab and Starbuck bring it back and continue to raise emotions in one another as well as the audience. The cast as a whole worked extremely well with... full review
ANONYMOUS June 19, 2012
This is an ambitious, entertaining take on Melville's "Moby Dick" and well worth a peek. The opening is strong, with well directed imagery and strong, clear characterisations setting out the classic tale. Ayla Rose creates an extraordinary, believable Queequeg and Alex Bennett, despite his youth, a convincing, authoritative, driven Ahab. In the middle of the piece the story jumps briefly to the present day with a messy, incoherent, shouty harangue against modern oil politics which doesn't really work. Back into the tale, and the piece recovers and the ending is powerful, although it doesn't quite match the quality of the opening.... full review

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