Theater & Performing Arts

Project Ahab; or, Eye of the Whale

When: July 18-Aug. 23 2015

Project Ahab: Eye of the Whale turns Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into an eco-friendly tale. Set in 1973, this Central Works adaptation chronicles the shipmates of the Rainbow Warrior II — a twist on Melville’s “Pequod” — as they try to save whales from Russian hunters. At first, all goes well for the sailors, but when their ship’s deranged Captain Franklin prioritizes his need for personal vengeance over animal rights, their peaceful mission seems doomed. Project Ahab, which is playing at the Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley) until August 23, is the 48th world premiere for Central Works and one of its rare musicals. The cast’s live performances are striking, while the song and costumes from the early seventies are a pleasing touch.

Gillian Edevane

Price: $15-$28 sliding scale

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