The Whale OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 5, 2012
    Closing:
    December 9, 2012

    Theater: Playwrights Horizons / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six-hundred pound recluse (Shuler Hensley) hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter (Reyna de Courcy), 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 of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Whale

    The Enormity of a Man’s Problems, and Vice Versa

    Charles Isherwood

    November 6, 2012: 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,” an affecting new drama by Samuel D. Hunter that opened on Monday. On a soiled plaid couch visibly warping beneath him sits a bulbous behemoth of a man weighing in at more than 500 pounds. He will remain there — beached, to employ the author’s own metaphor — for much of the evening’s nearly two-hour running time, an image of the human body at its most grotesque, at least according to conventional notions of good looks, to say nothing of good health.

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