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

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. More…

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?

Member Reviews (28)


Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing
Avg Score

Relevant, Enchanting, Tragic, Choppy, Awkward

See it if Touching story of adolescent 19th century French girl born to a prostitute’s life. She has dreams but no way to escape.

Don't see it if Girl was naive about sex and men, despite being raised in a brothel. Actors did not project their voices well. Stereotyped characters

Smart, Bold, Exhilarating, Touching, 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

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

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.

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Elaborate, Fanciful

See it if Imaginative situations intregue you. It is a dreamy representation of life in a Bell Epic Parisian brothel.

Don't see it if You expect realism or inderstanding of the issues & actions of the main characters. Also important scenes are randomly played in French.

Clever, Entertaining, Slow

See it if It's about a young girl growing up in a prostitution house in France. And about her coming into Womanhood

Don't see it if If you have a problem with prostitution there's some nudity there are cursing.

Also I like this show but for some reason the way they made the main actres... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play about a young lady coming of age while living in a brothel with her mother

Don't see it if You would be offended about a play about prostitution and the effect it has on a young girl living with her mother in a brothel.

Also I enjoyed this play but would have enjoyed it more if I could have hea... Read more Read less

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...

Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Romantic

See it if You’d like to see coming age story of a 13 yr old girl grows up in a brothel in Paris in 1894. Her naivity is heartbreaking. Amazing cast!

Don't see it if You do not like vulgar language, nudity, story takes place in a brothel, low life of prostitutes, child sex laborers.

Also Omg what an amazing cast, stellar performance by the lead actress. Her... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

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

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

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Sad, 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

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

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.

Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if like shows where the story is a little confusing yet there's strong acting and interesting staging.

Don't see it if ....lines delivered in a mix of English & French, and some actors deliveries a little hard to understand if one isn't bilingual, annoys.

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)

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if N/a

Don't see it if N/a

Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see how a very tough subject matter is expertly discussed through theater.

Don't see it if You are basic.

Delightful, Exquisite, Edgy

See it if You want a story that will challenge you and have no issues with nudity

Don't see it if You have issues with nudity

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You take an interest in women's stories, history, France, or good theatre in general.

Don't see it if See it.

Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Resonant

See it if You want to be transported to another world and you’re not afraid of feelings.

Don't see it if You have no imagination.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if I found the show to be very interesting and creative!

Don't see it if You are triggered by prostitution.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if This show is thought-provoking, beautiful, and engages the audience in the world of the characters through the superb acting and staging.

Don't see it if you are not ready to engage in thought and surrender to the play's process.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, 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

July 15th, 2018
"Cantisano shines as the innocent, indestructible Clérèse. Men have written quite a lot of plays about prostitution, so the female-driven ensemble’s work is quite refreshing—both emotionally accessible and bittersweet. 'Éléphant' shows it is possible to be thirteen and female and bold and pregnan...
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