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"It takes imagination on an epic scale to look at a run-down, landlocked, century-old warehouse full of disused building materials and picture it as the backdrop for a play about an obsessive sea captain hunting a white whale. But an epic sense of imagination is exactly what the new theater company Saïah brings to its production of “Moby-Dick,” currently running at the Lifecycle Building Center, a 60,000-square-foot warehouse in southwest Atlanta."
"Despite its thrilling adventure scenes and unforgettable characters, Moby-Dick can resist adaptation, its sprawling, allegorical narrative prone to long digressions on the procedures of 19th century whaling. The bold, environmental theater of young Atlanta company Saïah delivers a remarkable theatrical spectacle that evokes the texture of Melville's book"
-Curt Holeman, Creative Loafing
"There are times when a theater critic’s duty doesn’t seem to require much beyond simply saying, “Go see this show.” That’s about all that needs to be said about a production that’s inarguably special, worthwhile and remarkable. But a review has to be longer than that, so I suppose I’ll elaborate...Saiah has proven itself to be enormously resourceful and inventive since it emerged on the Atlanta scene less than two years ago. Its first show, “The City of Lions and Gods,” was this publication’s top pick for 2011 in our annual roundup of local theatrical productions, and its “Rua/Wulf” won a similar honor, Reader’s Pick for best show of the year from Creative Loafing in 2012. The new “Moby-Dick” is its most ambitious undertaking yet, and it doesn’t disappoint.
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"When I heard SAIAH was going to be tackling a stage adaptation of Moby-Dick, I felt much like Ishmael as he was about to embark on his first whaling adventure. They brought us Rua/Wulf, an interactive wandering through the realms of Red Riding Hood, so I knew that ambition and not so average sit-down-and-watch experiences were to be experienced. SAIAH, under the direction of Marium Khalid, has taken Kennesaw State University professor John Gentile’s stage adaption of Herman Melville’s epic novel and created a journey for audiences to share in a haunting location and with a lasting image...http://buskingseams.com/2013/04/18/saiah-haunts-audiences-with-moby-dick/" -
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"Adapting what is generally regarded as the "Great American Novel" is an unenviable task. Not only is Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale fiercely adored, the book's strongest qualities come from a discursive weirdness and ambition that adaptations rarely address. Perhaps, then, it is fitting that Saïah, Atlanta's newest and weirdest theater company, has attempted an ambitious adaptation. We decided to see how they size up against one another." -Wyatt Williams