MOBY DICK returns to Lookingglass after a critically-acclaimed 2015 production and national tour.
Reviewed by Jackson Riley
The visually arresting production is designed by Courtney O'Neill, providing a jungle gym of surfaces for the actor-gymnasts to swing from. Jamie Abelson plays Ishmael with an impossible condescension, halting the magic of the production throughout. Performers of color are forced to commit to moments that are shockingly tone deaf for a Chicago production in 2017. The almost-entirely-white ensemble is a mixed bag - the gymnasts are not strong actors and the actors are not strong singers. However, one can't fault these performers for trying. Both Raymon Fox and Nathan Hosner go so broad and wide with their cartoonish performances that they'd be more suited for the St. Louis Muny than a small Chicago space. This is not the cohesive theatrical event it so desperately wants to be. Sans any form of energy or pacing, this MOBY DICK is for die-hard fans of the source material only.
When:Now through September 3
Wednesdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 & 7:30 PM
Where:Lookingglass Theatre Company
Water Tower Water Works
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Tickets:$45-80 (student rush tickets $20)