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I rarely take the time to write online reviews of events but I enjoyed this production so much that I am very likely to spend the money to see it a second time. The playwright, Samuel Hunter, does a phenomenal job of creating multidimensional characters that you become invested in and care about in spite of their glaring flaws. Though the play is still in previews, I found that the actors played their roles with realism and sensitivity. The Whale touches on relevant issues like obesity, divorce, the role of religion in our lives, grief, and the struggles of LGBT folks to name a few. Still, it manages to do this with just enough humor to keep from being overly depressing and yet not so much humor as to make light of very real human pain. Some aspect of the play will probably strike a chord for every single member of the audience and yet the play is not so preachy or simplistic that you could definitively say that it is "all about" any of this. It would be very difficult to walk away from this experience without a lot of things to question and a lot of food for thought. I have to give bonus points to Samuel Hunter for crafting drama with an obese character in the central role and not turning him into a caricature or robbing him of his humanity. This production is worth going to see!