Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

About the show

Rising Sun Performance Company presents this world premiere drama about a young girl who grows up in a brothel in 19th century France. Part of the 2018 Planet Connections Festivity.

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The only world Clérèse has ever known is the Parisian brothel where her mother, Magdith, works as a prostitute. Magdith desperately struggles to protect Clérèse from growing up too fast and out of the clutches of her volatile father. Everything is shaken when a young man arrives at the brothel with his master and Clérèse’s belly begins to grow. Could it be that she will give birth to one of the fantastical elephants that her new love has told her of?



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93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if A beautifully constructed play with an excellent cast! An engaging story that should be off-Broadway.

Don't see it if Brief partial nudity and violence.

91
Ambitious, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see a young woman's coming of age story set in 1890s Paris

Don't see it if you might be uncomfortable with a story of prostitutes and the violence their male clients sometimes.inflict

88
Touching, Bold, Smart, Exhilarating, Strong script

See it if you want to hear a unique theater voice engage difficult material in an innovative way with fascinating, satisfying results.

Don't see it if you are expecting slice-of-life naturalism or if the thought of 90 minutes in a fin-de-siecle Parisian brothel makes you queasy.

Also Elephant is a lovely, touching play set in a fin-de-siècle Parisian br... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play that has a chance of going to the big leagues!

Don't see it if You can’t deal with some pretty devastating things that happened to a 13-year-old 100+ years ago

Also I have seen 10 plays so far from this festival and not only is this th... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Well done play ..good acting..directing and writing...take s chance and see something new..

Don't see it if You require big sets...the costumes were great too...

77
Sad, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see talented actresses give you a glimpse into the souls of real women surviving in a brothel in the 1800’s.

Don't see it if You don’t like cleavage or sex or if seeing women being abused makes you squeamish. And the abuse is barely even PG-13-ish, so don’t worry.

Also This show is alright. The writing is strong, so I wanted to see them p... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if You want to see a dark, very well acted play that will hold your interest

Don't see it if You are under 18. Some nudity, simulated sex and lots of violence.

Also There are only 3 more shows but if you’re going on a hot, humid day sp... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to explore the feelings of a young, coming-of-age woman in a 19th century Parisian brothel. You do not mind constant scene changes.

Don't see it if you need perfect sound: some soft voices, some over-the-top voicing, dream music overpowering dialogue and acoustics of the room.

60
Well written

See it if You’re interested in seeing a well written play.

Don't see it if You’re interested in production values or a well staged production.

Also I think there’s an interesting play here, but the production let’s it ... Read more Read less

52
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have much patience for an interesting story dramatized in a broad way. Subject is important telling the story of a child in a brothel.

Don't see it if It was so hot in the theatre - if you can't tolerate that heat, don't even go. Perhaps it was a bad night for the A/C. The acting is spotty

Also The acting ranged from believable to irritating, and there was a lot o... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love a good female driven story about a young girl coming to age. The aesthetics are beautiful and the actors are invested.

Don't see it if You’re easily triggered by violence. (But I must say, the violence that does happen is very brief and is extremely tastefully choreographed)

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You appreciate french culture and history, you like abstract theater, realistic searing performances, love stories

Don't see it if Big trigger warning, the play has an attempted-rape scene and another abuse scene, and french phrases are peppered throughout the play

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing

See it if The innocence and sweetness of the main character created by Miss Raiane Cantisano touched my heart profoundly. An outstanding performance

Don't see it if Under 18

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy creative blending of realism and fantasy

Don't see it if you are triggered by sexual abuse

100
Absorbing, Intense

See it if You want to be completely absorbed and taken into the world of late 1800s France. It was all-consuming -- I can't stop thinking about it!

Don't see it if Because it's so real, it can be triggering. Especially if you're a victim of sexual or emotional abuse.


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