The Elephant Man (Gallery Players)
The Elephant Man (Gallery Players)

The Elephant Man (Gallery Players) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

The Gallery Players present the classic drama which tells the true story of John Merrick, a horribly deformed young man who was the star freak attraction in traveling side shows, before he was rescued by a young doctor.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (22)

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774 Reviews | 246 Followers
Profound, Romantic, Enchanting, Heartfelt, Moving

See it if Tender ode contrasting the frailty of the human body with our capacity to love, if we so choose. Wonderful characters. Great acting.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a slow drama where most of the action consists of people’s feelings and how they develop.

127 Reviews | 27 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you have the chance to. I had never seen any interpretations before this play & the actors did a great job with the production. Very Moving.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big stage production. I think it's a must see for everyone.

69 Reviews | 16 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if love the story of this exquisite, tragic character the actors were amazing you need to use your imagination, it was wonderful. I loved it!

Don't see it if you don't like small theaters, if you don't use your imagination, this is not for you i suggest the movies. :)

115 Reviews | 61 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Highly interesting fact based story,

See it if interesting, rewarding, intelligent plays interest you. You wañt to learn of another era. Gallery Players Brooklyn warm, inviting theater.

Don't see it if you just want light fluffy theater.

445 Reviews | 146 Followers
Great writing, Absorbing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Poignant

See it if want da*n good drama in the traditional sense: great writing, sympathetic characters, universal questions, involving narrative

Don't see it if you like period pieces w/ loads of lace & architecture, or flashy/noisy abstractions that call more attention to form than story Read more

506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if An 85 & a 90 %. 4 superb actors Meyer. Unze, Gingold and Preston. My # 1 Gingold. Others not weak at all. Good choice of background music.

Don't see it if Only if forced to pick a weakness. The minimal set but it does seem to work. It is a shame that musicals draw so much more.

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy stories brought to life, and having to use your imagination.

Don't see it if You don't like English accents, or are looking for a fast moving, intense performance.

1122 Reviews | 324 Followers
Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to enjoy some of the best acting I've seen off-off Broadway, with kudos to the lead, M. Rowan Meyer for a stellar performance.

Don't see it if you do not have compassion for the lives of people in difficult circumstances.

Critic Reviews (2)

Stage Buddy
November 7th, 2017

“Gallagher has shaped a gloomy atmosphere...The stamina of Meyer’s distressed physicality often emotes more than the conversational pieces; at times the attention to dialogue exposes the potential that is absent from the more contemplative segments...An eloquently written, thoughtful play; in this instance, well put together, if not a little too restrained...Overall, the Gallery Players’ production is commendable for its safeguarding of a heart-rending story.”
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November 11th, 2017

“The Gallery Players strikes the right note with this revival of ‘The Elephant Man’ depicting the real-life story of Joseph Merrick (John Merrick), the Victorian Era curiosity who aspires to live a normal life. The lead role is a challenging one requiring M. Rowan Meyer to contort his body, throw his voice, and delve into the feelings of a character whose deformities leave him devoid of any meaningful human contact. Meyer is extraordinary and shines alongside an impressive cast.”
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