SeaWife OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Hilary Swift
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 23, 2015
    Closing:
    July 19, 2015

    Theater: South Street Seaport Museum / 213 Water St, New York, NY 10038

    Synopsis: 

    "SeaWife" is a haunted cautionary tale that envelops its audience in joyous pleasures, wrenching horrors, unbearable heartache, and the most glorious of nautical adventures. Join Naked Angels and raucous folk band The Lobbyists for a concert play of monumental scope. What horrors are held for Percy--a sailor with most natural talent, but spurred on by tragedy. A madman at the prow with a tempest in his heart, his tale is one of tugging, a man pulled apart by the two sides of his very nature, all as he rises to be the whaling fishery's greatest hero. Step within the Melville Gallery and experience his tale of glory, haunting and woe.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF SeaWife

    ‘SeaWife’ Is a Doleful Fairy Tale About Whaling

    Alexis Soloski

    June 28, 2015: In the past several years, whales have returned to New York Harbor, breaching and blowing in sight of the city skyline. And these leviathans now drive much of the action of “SeaWife,” a folk musical produced by Naked Angels and performed at the Melville Gallery of the South Street Seaport Museum. “SeaWife,” scripted by Seth Moore and the band the Lobbyists, is a doleful fairy tale ornamented with occasional puppets and agreeable chanteys, performed by the cast of six and one borrowed cellist. Set sometime in the 19th century, the story centers on Percy, a whaler’s son, “who saw his first boat at birth and had his sea legs before his first steps.” Though sickened at first by the blood and brutality of whaling, a series of tragedies transform Percy into a deadly harpooner until the sea calls him home again. The director Liz Carlson, the set designer Jason Sherwood and the lighting designer Jake DeGroot have converted the Melville Gallery into various ports and boats and taverns with the aid of ropes and nets and lanterns set with flickering bulbs. (On one rainy night, a leaking roof provided authentic puddles.) There’s also a bar that sells a $5 shot of rum or a can of I.P.A.

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