The new play “The Whale” centers on the grim existence of a morbidly obese man largely confined to his Northern Idaho apartment. It's a subject matter rarely dealt with on stage, not to mention life in general.


WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen had more on this production at the Speakeasy Stage Company.

Todd Michael Hall was a consultant for “The Whale” and weighed nearly 500 pounds before undergoing bypass surgery.