Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to the Public with a new drama, which takes us on a journey that starts in a game park in Kenya and goes around the world. More…
'Mlima's Tale' is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads us through memory and fear, history and tradition, and want and need. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs this poignant new play that explores the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.
See it if you like current stories of greed/corruption, told w well-drawn characters. Mlima (eleph) is beautiful to watch, but his poetry wears thin.
Don't see it if you collect ivory. MT's staging is innovative/impressive, as are sound and light. Well-acted. I wasn't terribly moved, but I was engaged.
See it if You can admire beauty in despair, see a tragic problem from all sides including your own hand in it and enjoy it as theatre. Brilliant!
Don't see it if You have a hard time with metaphors, have a cold heart regarding animal rights or are easily disturbed.
See it if Elephant tusks from poachers make their way through corrupt officials to wealthy buyer. Informative & I liked the portrayal of the elephant.
Don't see it if Short vignettes as the tusks travel. No character development. I learned more about the issue but there were no surprises.
See it if you don't want to miss another shattering indictment of the human condition by Nottage that hits close to the (literal & figurative) bone.
Don't see it if you try to avoid drama that can be unsettling & make you look inward; you prefer straightforward storytelling to representational staging.
See it if you’d like to track a poached pair of elephant tusks on a spectacular (if not so dramatic) journey from elephant to collector’s trophy room.
Don't see it if dramatized lectures are not your thing, no matter how strikingly beautiful (& this 1 is).
See it if If for no other reason, see it for the perfection of Sahr Ngaujah as Mlima; interested in the corruption and greed behind animal poaching.
Don't see it if I sometimes found it confusing watching the same actors playing multiple roles. Would have preferred focusing more on the story.
See it if You enjoy Lynn Nottage's work. You want to see a beautiful and sad journey told incredibly well.
Don't see it if You want a big production and can't just sink into the slight absurdity of the production. The many roles of the actors can be confusing.
See it if you want amazing acting, staging and writing.This is the real deal.This is why there IS a Public Theatre.Riveting. Powerful. Relevant
Don't see it if you thought Jersey Boys and Mama Mia were the height of theatre.This will make you think, break your heart, and amaze you. Brilliant.
See it if you’re into humankind & art, art & the manufacture of exclusivity. Not only about elephants, but about how we respect items over life.
Don't see it if you prefer sanctimonious PETA campaigns; don’t think fuller, less shrill communication is better for addressing our perspective on nature.
See it if you might like a beautiful and poetic play with great performances about the sad journey of an elephant's ivory tusks after he is killed.
Don't see it if you're looking to learn a lot about the ivory trade. It's mostly corruption and greed we all know about, although presented in creative way.
See it if If it is put up again. This could be an exquisite play. It is too important a topic to lie fallow. MLIMA is beautifully portrayed.
Don't see it if You dont like the constant change of actor from one role to another. After awhile it actually became intrusive.
See it if you enjoy poignant pieces about contemporary issues presented in a spiritual fashion
Don't see it if representational drama is not your style
See it if you like new, inventive theater that packs an emotional punch. An old story of poaching told in a refreshing and compelling way.
Don't see it if you don't care about dwindling wildlife in Africa due to poaching
See it if interested in the story of animal poaching & the trail of illegal ivory from a killed animal in Kenya to an expensive piece of art
Don't see it if don't like shows where actors play multiple characters; need elephant portrayed in costume rather than by beautiful movements
See it if you're intrigued by the ivory trade and want to be informed through an artistic medium.
Don't see it if you aren't intrigued by the subject matter.
See it if A trail of a great elephant's blood haunting the dozen people trafficking its tusks across the globe, from the killers to the corrupt police
Don't see it if Guns or killing an animal/person is triggering. Don't like stories without traditional protagonist plot.
Also Ticket from online rush for $27.50.
See it if You enjoy a straight forward play that is beautifully acted and directed. Sahr Ngaujah is a very powerful Mlima.
Don't see it if You know a lot about endangered animals and the ivory trade as the play may seen too simplistic. It is still an excellent production though.
See it if a well written, acted and imaginatively envisioned play is what makes you get up out of your home and come to the theater.
Don't see it if you think a interesting play about the ivory trade doesn’t affect your life in any way, shape, or form. You surprisingly would be wrong.
See it if You value fine ensemble acting and a story well and provocatively told about an important subject: ivory poaching and trade.
Don't see it if You require showy production values. This is about effactive storytelling.
See it if you like plays about how we all contribute to a wrong-doing in small ways.
Don't see it if long monologues of poetic flowery imagery aren't for you.
See it if You are interested in seeing a beautifully presented show on the subject of ivory poaching by a great playwright.
Don't see it if You are not interested in an arid expose of corruption. This is poetic and lovely to look at, but unengaging and obvious.
See it if you, like me, are a fan of Lynn Nottage. This is another brilliant play. She is incredible!
Don't see it if You don't care for wildlife and care less about their cruel unnecessary deaths.
See it if You are an aspiring playwright or director. This is a masterfully staged and efficient production with an inventive script.
Don't see it if Dislike shows with a message. This is definitely a show that is not shy about making the audience face some of their own cruelty.