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Review: Guilt meets gluttony in weird ‘The Whale’

November 6, 2012 • Entertainment


This theater image released by The Publicity Office shows Shuler Hensley, left, and Cory Michael Smith in a scene from “The Whale,” currently performing off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in New York. (AP Photo/The Publicity Office, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — There are some seriously messed-up issues with food in Samuel D. Hunter’s smart new play, “The Whale.”

Hunter examines the way one man grasps at some kind of reconciliation and truth with his estranged family as he nears a death slowly self-inflicted by gluttony. This weirdly compelling, frequently funny play, which opened Monday night in its New York premiere by Playwrights Horizons, deals with guilt, religious rigidity and some bad parenting. Also Mormon Login to read more

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