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About The Whale - Off Broadway

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On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption and finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

The New York premiere of a play by Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise)
Directed by Davis McCallum (February House; A Bright New Boise)
Featuring: Cassie Beck, Reyna de Courcy, Shuler Hensley, Cory Michael Smith, Tasha Lawrence.

"VIBRANT AND PROVOCATIVE. Hunter explores his material with sharp-eared skill and sensitivity. Davis McCallum's production handles Hunter's text with clarity and devotion, getting uniformly strong performances from his five-person cast.” –Michael Feingold, Village Voice

"AN AFFECTING NEW DRAMA. There may be no more startling image on a New York stage right now than the one greeting audiences at Playwrights Horizons when the lights go up on The Whale.” – Charles Isherwood, NY Times

"WONDERFUL. Shuler Hensley gives a startlingly poignant performance. Under Davis McCallum’s sensitive direction, you feel as if you’ve met real people, made of flesh and blood.” -Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post

"FOUR STARS. Deeply affecting and piercingly amusing. Davis McCallum’s production leaves an emotional wallop in its wake. It’s a huge accomplishment.” - Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

"COMPELLING, FUNNY, AND UNEXPECTEDLY IMPACTFUL. Tony and Olivier Award winner Shuler Hensley is remarkably affecting as 600-pound Charlie. Directed by Davis McCallum with no holds barred.” - Jennifer Farrar, AP


Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway
New York, NY