Everybody sort-of knows Herman Melville’s behemoth American classic: Captain Ahab, the white whale, “Call me Ishmael.” Reading it is a huge undertaking, and filming it is damn near impossible, but staging the story is something that Orson Welles accomplished over half a century ago. Now Iron Age Theatre Company — whose past productions have compellingly told stories set in exotic locales from Antarctica to an African jungle to a 1920s football field — takes us to sea. “The intense physicality of the show fits with Iron Age’s muscular performance style,” says director John Doyle, who promises we will see the white whale. Thar she blows!
March 1-24, $22, Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, 610-279-1013, ironagetheatre.org.