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The Elephant in Every Room I Enter

Members say: Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Edgy, Entertaining, Enchanting
8 reviews
2 reviews

La Mama presents Gardiner Comfort's one man show that touches on his own experience of hard-to-control ejaculations, and other honest stories.

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'The Elephant in Every Room I Enter' is a solo show that tells of a troubled young man attending a national conference for people with Tourette syndrome, including many children. Using an erratic and energetic performance style, Gardiner Comfort shares his life as an actor with this neurological disorder and discovers, for the first time in his life, how he can be himself. The evocative details of his week attending the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference are shared in his unique performance style, which includes watching him dance, shift personas, and inhabit multiple characters with dialects and physicality.


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Reviews (10)

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Theatre is Easy

"It’s possible Comfort presented too many characters for them to viscerally stick with the audience. By the show’s end, Comfort is the person we care for—the multitude of others seem too underdeveloped to warrant emotional investment...Moments where time and space are jostled in order to show Comfort’s more personal experiences, show lovely theatricality, and more of these would have unleashed the story’s potential." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

"When Comfort creates a cacophonous chorus of the various tics and noises of the gathered youth, he shows us a uniquely visceral side of this community. But the piece is less successful when it tries to force meaning on his journey... And the ending note offers a conclusion that feels out of place. Such a contemplative piece doesn't need to give the audience answers." Full Review

Edge New York

"There are moments of great beauty and humanity. Clumsy times when perhaps a better interstitial could be imagined and of course as in any life, the quiet waiting for something else to happen...All the elements knit together to create a piece that illuminates one of the most visible things that a person carries with him into his life, but it further made this reviewer ponder all the unseen tics and experiences that follow each and every one of us into every cranny we enter." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Combined with gorgeous movement evocative of the syndrome itself, the play feels like a deep sea dive through Comfort’s mind. Further compliments to director Kel Haney for filling the stage with a whimsical vision that kept the solo performer in the spotlight, but never lonely...The Elephant in Every Room I Enter is not about a man making sense of Tourette’s. Rather, it is the act of a man offering you the story of his life and challenging you to make sense of it." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"His humility mixed with his acute observational prowess produces rich storytelling that’s warm, generous, and impressive in its range. The performance is demystifying and educational from the perfect person to do so: an actor who has lived with TS his whole life...It’s equal parts artistically bold and politically important. By the end, audiences will be invested in Comfort’s journey to uncover order in a world that feels as frenetic as Tourette Syndrome itself." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"Using a mix of experimental elements, including Tourette-inspired choreography, he recreates the experience of his condition, mapping out the textures of his world over a week-long conference. The most interesting aspect of the show is its implicit discomfort. As Comfort presents different tics with a comedic bent, he challenges his audience to laugh, while also forcing them to wonder whether they should." Full Review

American Theater Web

"Theatergoers get lost in his psyche just as he must become lost in the wheels of his chaotic mind on a regular basis. Comfort carries such a commanding physical and vocal presence on stage that one never feels taken out of the story...It’s a high-octane, radical experience of a solo drama, a refreshing piece of experimentation." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "Comfort is a charming, versatile performer: He can dance, shift personas, inhabit multiple characters with dialects and physicality, and somehow exude a vulnerability wrapped in confidence...We watch a deeply talented performer with TS sharing honest, touching stories, and for that I am deeply grateful for 'The Elephant in Every Room I Enter.'" Full Review

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Avg Score

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Indulgent

See it if You like to laugh

Don't see it if Na

Delightful, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if Grest stage and story

Don't see it if N/a