Review On Moby Dick - Rehearsed


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


Theatricum Botanicum’s stage comes alive with Ellen Geer’s configurations of bodies, rigging and narrative to make visceral the image of the fated whaling ship, Pequod, and Moby Dick, the Great White Whale in a recreation of Orson Welles’ imaginative retelling of the Melville Classic. In the last moments before Ahab (Gerald Rivers), the fanatical ship’s captain, is dragged into the sea, and Ishmael (Dane Oliver) must dangle above the ship’s flotsam as the ship breaks up, the scene springs into our imaginations through Geer’s careful staging. By the end of the final, stirring moments, you will swear you’ve been witness to a harrowing journey and a huge shipwreck!

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.