130131 whale goldstar
4.5 / 5 Rated by 42 members
Review from Rhonda Bariff

This is an above average evening at the theater. Very good all the way around. Could have have been a little shorter though.

reviewed Apr 06 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrea L

This play was much better to Samuel Hunter's earlier, A Bright New Boise, that I enjoyed. While there were a few two many overly broad metaphors about whales and water and life, the story did make me think, and also had a wonderful dramatic...continued

reviewed Apr 07 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from RADDY

GREAT ACTING!! This production is something that you don't want to miss. So you think it is call the WHALE; because it deals with obesity (just wait and see). Charlie's obesity only opens up the door to EACH character ISSUE(s).

reviewed Apr 24 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Tom

Great performance. Complex plot wonderfully acted by excellent cast. Paul Calandra's portrayal of the obese Charlie was superb.

reviewed Apr 21 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from NelStar Rodriguez

The Whale is one of the strongest productions I've seen in a long time. The script is absolutely genius.

reviewed Apr 27 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from john murphy

The play dealt with serious issues that confront families. I found it a kind of Virginia Woolf with a real child. The acting by the main character was great. The rest of the cast was a bit uneven.

reviewed Apr 25 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Michelle Parker-Katz

This is an outstanding play. The play is beautifully crafted, with very real characters coming to life before us. The acting is superb. Dale Calandra gives his finest performance as "Charlie" and the other actors help form a strong ensemble. ...continued

reviewed Apr 26 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Magdalena Malachowska

Excellent!

reviewed Apr 20 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Paul

Outstanding production. You could hear a "pin drop" - almost all of the time. Acting, directing, lighting & set were superb. Leah Karpel's Ellie - Magnificent! My only criticism deals with the ending, which I thought was slightly flat. ...continued

reviewed Apr 30 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Kay Schmitt

Really beautiful, difficult, but profound story, extremely well-done by an outstanding cast and director.

reviewed Apr 23 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from gay gelman

The most important thing about this show is that you cared about each actor. Their performances were stellar and believeable on every level.
Even tho they were sad human beings you saw that they all want love in their life & the struggle of...continued

reviewed Apr 07 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sunny

First class cast. Story was compelling, and each actor developed his/her emotions to the fullest. Mesmerizing. Thanks so much for a great experience.

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Tj

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...continued

reviewed Apr 10 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Susan Woods Jungheim

Our seats were the best in the house--front row and center is our favorite. In regard to the play, the acting was amazing!!

reviewed Apr 24 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

I enjoyed the story very much. Much of it involved today's issues and problems reflected in the story. The only problem was that I was on the left, fourth row and could barely hear the lead actor.

reviewed Apr 07 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from glenda scheer

Acting , writing, excellent.
Complex play-many layers-relationships, obesity, homosexuality, adolescence, alchoholism. Keeps you thinking after the play.

reviewed Apr 24 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Gloria Friedman

Excellent play and production. Engaging, moving and thought provoking.

reviewed Apr 21 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Franaudrey

Excellent show! Highly recommend.

reviewed Apr 28 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from pbc1955

Fabulous. Although the play was intense and sad I thoroughly enjoyed. The writing and acting were great. I highly recommend this play.

reviewed Apr 27 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from EJW

Great play, incredible acting. Hope it plays elsewhere in Chicago.

reviewed May 03 2013 report as inappropriate
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