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The Elephant in Every Room I Enter

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant, Edifying

About the show

After a 2015 run at La MaMa, Gardiner Comfort's intimate solo show about being an actor living with Tourette syndrome transfers to Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop. More…

Created with his frequent collaborator Kel Haney, the play explores the week Gardiner spent at the Tourette Association of America National Conference in Washington, DC. Surrounded by hundreds of other people with Tourette's, he realized it was the first time he felt "normal." Using an erratic and energetic performance style (a nod to Tourette's itself), this original show blends comedy, dance, and a personal outlook on disability.

Member Reviews (5)


Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant, Edifying
Avg Score

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edifying, Well acted, Choppy

See it if you want to be immersed in the world of Tourette's w/GC as your outstanding guide. Moments of joy (his dancing) and pain (his dreams/rage).

Don't see it if you want a story arc; there's slight structure provided by a conference. Storytelling wanders wildly. Some stories are dropped too quickly.

Also Gardiner Comfort is extremely likeable, even when he admits to past tr... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Nicely performed, Illuminating, Disjointed

See it if You want to understand more about Tourettes, like solo shows, appreciate hearing about 1 person’s journey.

Don't see it if Are ok w a talented actor in a choppy, somewhat mystifying show. There were touching bits & I was very moved by his dancing. GC is appealing

Also I applaud the idea behind this show and was glad to have seen it. Howe... Read more Read less

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

See it if you're interested in a show which succeeds at being personal and nuanced, but also relatable in ways to general audience.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows or are not interested in learning about Tourette syndrome.

Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy autobiographical one-man shows.

Don't see it if You want to see something balanced/strong throughout. Some parts were exceptionally well polished, some parts could've been cut.

Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like 1 person shows that will give you insight into Tourette’s Syndrome in 75 minuets with humor and style

Don't see it if You want to see traditional theater with lavish sets ,costumes, music and a big cast

November 13th, 2017
"The show is a gift of earnest passion and fierce honesty. It gives you an unfiltered view into the awkwardness of living with Tourette...The performer’s charisma and infectious energy also makes the production a worthwhile experience...'The Elephant in Every Room I Enter' is an extraordinary fea...
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October 18th, 2015
for a previous production "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 Com...
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October 21st, 2015
for a previous production "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 b...
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October 29th, 2015
for a previous production "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 ...
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