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?
"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 pregnant and happy and still have faith. Squitieri and Hogan expertly juggle a large, busy ensemble...This play offers a glimpse into the true power of a young person’s imagination." Full Review
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
See it if ...you 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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)
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
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