Company: Charles, Seattle, WA
Venue: 5 - Son of Warehouse
Tongues firmly planted in cheek, Charles throw in comedic homages to everything from Alien to 2001 to Asimov.
Seattle comedy duo Charles (Charlie Stockman and Chuck Armstrong) go hunting for big laughs with this sci-fi adaptation of Moby Dick
. And while they certainly reel in more than a few, a big comedic catch just barely eludes them here.
Ishmael and Queequeg (a dour Martian in this version) are stuck on a ship captained by a mad Ahab - played with a distinct Shatneresque bent. But rather than a white whale, this Ahab searches the far reaches of space for the giant white energy cloud that took his leg, requiring him to acquire a far superior cloned leg... but still, he's pretty steamed about it.
With tongues firmly planted in cheek, Stockman and Armstrong move smartly from character to character, and throw in comedic homages to everything from Alien
to 2001: A Space Odyssey
to Isaac Asimov.
They earn big points for style - all of the lighting is provided by the multi-coloured lights embedded in their ingeniously-designed space helmets, giving the show an other-worldly feel.
And while there are definite chuckles to be had with Moby Alpha
, there are also a few too many lulls and scenes that don't quite pan out. This has the feel of a work in progress.
As it is, Moby Alpha
is fun. But with a bit more hunting, Charles may find the big energy they're looking for.