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Charles Presents: Moby Alpha



Moby Alpha is basically the story of Moby Dick set in space, where the great white whale is now a great white energy cloud and Captain Ahab’s wooden leg has been replaced with a bio-prosthetic one. While the show itself is fairly witty, the costumes are by far the coolest part. Set in complete darkness, Seattle comedy duo Charles impressively transitions from one character to another using different coloured LED lights in their space helmets to differentiate themselves. It’s an effective decision, and makes for a visually compelling performance. Oh, and don’t worry if you haven’t read the book Moby Dick — as one of the characters admits onstage, “I don’t think most people have.” – Alana Willerton


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1/ 5

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22 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 8:00 pm - 2013/08/15
  • 5:00 pm - 2013/08/16
  • 12:00 pm - 2013/08/17
  • 2:00 pm - 2013/08/20
  • 11:59 pm - 2013/08/21
  • 7:30 pm - 2013/08/23
  • 4:00 pm - 2013/08/24

Posted 2013/08/16 by



5 Reviews


    This is a play for sci-fi lovers. Many of the jokes, and most of the plot, is based upon comedic reworking of pop culture sci-fi references. The use of light on the costumes, and the darkness of the set, makes the actors able to switch between characters and locations in an entertaining manner. Although the ending doesn’t end on a comedic high note (left me a bit unsatisfied) this play is worth while and a good fringe comedy.

    Donald Canadian

    Great play. Really the tits. I thought Charles was really funny, but the other Charles was even funnier. Everyone should see their show before the sun sets for the winter, what with this being Edmonton and all.


    I absolutely adored Moby Alpha. I brought my non-geek boyfriend to the show, and although I was worried he might not enjoy the humour as much as me, he loved it too! The concept for this show is very strong, with lots of great moments for a) geeks (me), and b) people who have read Moby Dick (my boyfriend). The show is very well-rehearsed, and the writing is superb. Not only is Moby Alpha full of smart humour, but the tech is the most fascinating you’ll see all Fringe, even to non-“theatre people”. Perfect for comedy-lovers, fans of Star Trek, people interested in tech and lighting, and anyone who’s actually read Moby Dick.


    Charming and great use of lighting. Honestly, the “daisy” singing got old and lasted too long and the ending is about a minute too drawn out- but otherwise it’s a great way to spend an hour. I have no idea what their directorial situation was, but there were certain bits that I feel could have benefited from an outside eye, or maybe more rehearsal. Their obvious chemistry and generally funny nature carries the show through, though. Check it out, if only for the awesome helmets. You’ll enjoy it.


    This was very funny and very clever on many levels. I happen to have read Moby Dick within the last few months, and they did a good job of satirizing that interesting work, along with several well known SF works. It was an interesting complement to the Jane Austen takeoff, Promise and Promiscuity, which I happened to catch just before this show. Moby Alpha was more laugh out loud funny, while Promise and Promiscuity was more subtle and finely acted.

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