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Moby Dick 2017

Adapted and Directed by David Catlin.

From the Novel by Herman Melville.

Produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company.

One of the finest stage productions ever returns to Chicago.

After a successful national tour, Lookingglass Theatre’s Moby Dick retuns to once again thrill audiences. Winner of tour Jeff Awards, including Best Production, Moby Dick takes its place as one of the best stage productions  of all-time in Chicago. I was thrilled once more as this manic piece of physical storytelling makes the novel come to life. Hey, I almost got sea-sick! You’ll neve see a production that works harder doing its craft than Moby Dick’s creatives.. The set, the riggers, the stage hands,  the sound and lighting crew each coordinate their skills to create, in our imagination, the adventures if the ship Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck and the crew who act our Melville’s novel.

This wonderfully production depicts the action, the emotions and the dark psychological journey of the obsessed Captain Ahab, played here with amazing depeth by Nathan Hosner. For more detail analysis see Jacob Davis’ terrific review of the original production: .

In the 2017 production here, Kareem Bandealy, Anthony Fleming III, and Raymond Fox return to play Starbuck, Queequeg and Stub with Jamie Abelson, as Ishmael and Michah Figuera as Cabaco and Javen Ulambayar as Mungun.

Moby Dick is a harrowing and intoxicating adventure that explores revenge, obession, sea adventure and destiny. This Lookingglass production is, in my view, the finest show that Lookingglass has ever mounted! Seeing this physically challenging production will give you a glimpse into the depths that live staging to tell stories can achieve!. Hey, after seeing it, I could almost smell the salt air! Take those who never go to live shows to experience the grandure of the stage. They’ll be amazed!

Highly Recommended.

Tom Williams.

At Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL, call3120337-0665,, tickets $45 – $80, Wed. at 7:30 pm, Thurs. at 2:00 & 7:30 pm, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Sat. at 2 & 7:30 pm, Sun. ay 2 & 7:30 pm, running time is 2 hours 55 minutes with 2 intermission.