A deeply felt and gorgeously acted play. A hard luck son and his mother plus so much more in a sprawling and yet intimate show. Judith Ivey of course is wonderful. Newcomer Edmund Donovan astonishes with a portrait that cuts to the bone of his misunderstood and anguished character. The play more than fulfils the promise of THE WHALE.
Note to director and set designer: I'm tired of whole scenes, crucial ones, that I'm forced to watch with a blinding light in my face. And in-the-round staging is tricky enough without adding steel posts that block the view depending on where you sit and sofas set directly in front of forward rows.
Maybe, ATC'ers, you'll be with the majority who are not affected by these sightline issues. But if you are, take a deep breath - the play transcends these transient annoyances.