Just when you think multi-award winning Director Joe Adler has played every card in theatre, he cleverly chooses, casts and brings to life a brilliant play that fits timely with our current day society. As American's are labeled the heaviest individuals on earth, only a riveting play like The Whale could exploit, and amusingly entertain audiences. "GableStage's production of The Whale once again proves live theatre can leave an epic impact on our society. Don't miss one of America's best up and coming actresses Arielle Hoffman." Broadway Global.
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale is stunning Florida audiences now at GableStage. The story of a six hundred pound recluse trying to re-connect with his estranged teen daughter Ellie, played to perfection by Arielle Hoffman. Hoffman's performance sets her mark as one of America's best up and coming actresses. Arielle plays a current day unhappy teen whose abrasive behavior echoes many lost teens of today. For those already talking Carbonell Award nominations, Hoffman's powerful portrayal as Elle is the "Best Actress in a Play" performance Florida artists will need to beat! "It's going to be an exciting year of theatre for The Silver Palm Awards and Carbonell Awards. If you are one of the 10,400 arts fans of Florida Theatre Chat, The Whale is a must see!" Theatre Chat.
Add a stellar cast that includes Deborah Sherman (Mary), Gregg Weiner (Charlie), Amy Miller Brennan (Liz), Karl Skyler Urban (Elder Thomas) and The Whale is one of the best plays ever presented in South Florida. Deborah Sherman (Mary) plays the run down Mother of a gothic teen. Sherman could read names from a phone book, coloring them with such detailed precision, each would paint art like Vincent Van Gogh's best works. There are very few actresses in show business that can reach this masterful level of honesty. Multi-Carbonell Award winning Gregg Weiner (Charlie) encompasses every character with ease. Weiner's performance as this over sized educator is arresting and deeply effective. Karl Skyler Urban (Elder Thomas) looks like he may have been type cast as an all American boy, playing a Mormon missionary obsessed with converting at least one over weight lost soul. Karl embraces the characters shocking developments.
Carbonell Award winning Amy Miller Brennan (Liz), a favorite musical theatre ingénue, gives the performance of her lifetime as a caring nurse and devoted sister. Miller sets a notable mark in straight plays that will continue to sell tickets at the box office, and possibly garner her another Carbonell Award nomination. The Whales has award-winning talk all over this powerful piece, from artists to direction. Its' award winning past could shed light on its future. The Whale's accolades include 2013 winner of Drama Desk for Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre, The 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, 2013 GLAAD Media Award for outstanding New York theatre, 2013 Drama League Award, for Outstanding Production of a Play, 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and 2013 John Gassner Award, Outstanding New American Play.
Congratulations to the entire production team Lyle Baskin (Set Design), Jeff Quinn (Lighting Design), Matt Corey (Sound Design), Ellis Tillman (Costume Design) and Joe Adler (Director) for bringing award winning life changing theatre to the fun in the sun arts destination. The Whale plays now through August 17, 2014. GableStage is located at The Biltmore 1200 Anastasia Ave Coral Gables, Florida 33134. For tickets call 305-445-1119 or visit www.gablestage.org. The Whale is a Broadway Global top pick.