MOBY DICK (Lookingglass Theatre)
*Jeff Award Best Production - Play"What is remarkable about Courtney O'Neill's design for "Moby Dick" is that it avoids such familiarities, substituting instead a slice of deck emblematic of land itself, immediately plugging in to the Melvillian theme of our obsession being not so much the expanse of the raging seas but the precise spot where the rules of the land stop and the primal conflicts of the sea begin.
Doing the best work of her career, O'Neill has come up with a series of curved poles, structures that can be masts, sure, but that also can form the carcass of the great antagonistic beast, thus suggesting that Moby Dick is on board the Pequod even before the vessel sets sail from Nantucket. For Moby Dick lurks inside us all. Otherwise he's merely the kind of whale you cruise to Alaska to hope to see."
"Performers scramble nimbly on Courtney O’Neill’s ingenious set, dominated by a series of curved ribs that resemble the yards and masts of the Pequod and the massive bones of a whale." --The Orange County Register