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A man wakes up trapped in the belly of a whale along with the audience, a supply of stale crackers and two books -- Moby Dick and Don Quixote -- he reads over and over again. “You can call me Ishmael,” he says and then adds Jonah would also do.

What follows for the next not-always-clear 30 minutes — not the hour that was posted as the show length in Ottawa — is our barefoot hero talking about being marooned not only in an aquatic mammal but the breakup with his girlfriend that leaves him feeling at sea.

Mixed in are scenes from the two literary classics in which Texan playwright/actor Jeb L. West plays Don Quixote with a hubcap on his head while his squire Sancho Panza is a hand puppet.

West is a likable stage presence, his set is evocative and his singing sea shanties are enjoyable but he seems to be tilting at windmills in trying to pull all his stories together into something that will float.

— Kevin Prokosh

 

From the Fringe program:

Don Quixote spends most of this comedy adventure trapped in the belly of a whale, re-telling the story of Moby Dick! See Sancho Panza (as Ishmael) and Ahab battle the white whale windmill! This solo adventure uses puppets, masks, old timey stagecraft, physical comedy, and sea shanties to smash two literary epics into an hour of shameless antics.

Zeb West studied physical theater, clown and mask-making at the Dell'Arte School in California.

Director: Steve Moore

Cast: Zeb L. West

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, Fringe Performers

Warnings: Mild Language

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