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The Elephant Man (Gallery Players)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense
84
Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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21 reviews
 

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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Admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital under the care of the celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society. He slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, but time and again society is shown, due to its privilege and decay, to be almost a carnival in itself.

 


Reviews (23)

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78
Avg Score

70
Stage Buddy

“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.” Full Review

85
Applause! Applause!

“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.” Full Review

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80
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant

See it if Gallagher's direction is the highlight of this well-crafted production Seemlessly evocative on the sparce set w/excellent leads; its a gem

Don't see it if Pomerance's plot looses focus in 2nd act as he reaches for a historical framework for Treves' moral crisis; direction works around pitfalls

95
Enchanting, Profound, Romantic, Moving, Heartfelt

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.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

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.

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You know and are intrigued by the story of Elephant Man and enjoy small productions.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy small productions

72
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You love the small theater environment. Great nonprofit organization, that also works with children theatre groups!

Don't see it if You want a dazzling over the top production

84
Great acting, Profound, Slow, Heavy, Heartbreaking

See it if you enjoy true stories, strong performances, or a good cry. I was impressed by the quality of acting throughout the production.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something light and fluffy. This ain’t it.

84
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a wonderful production of a well known play and support a marvelous community theater

Don't see it if You are unwilling to travel to Brooklyn

82
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if very well acted; enjoyable presentation as usual from Gallery Players

Don't see it if a bit slow at the end; way out in Brooklyn

90
Poignant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great writing

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

Also Super-satisfying mix of substance and style. I honestly did not expect... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

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.

92
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.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to see a fantastic performance by Rowan Meyer.

Don't see it if a few moments of unclear story-telling will ruin your enjoyment of a fascinating tale.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

See it if IT is a play which is hard to watch but great acting especially the lead

Don't see it if .

Also Go to CTF.org to learn more about the disorder the elephant man was af... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like Small theater productions with strong acting and serious themes about the nature of compassion

Don't see it if Brooklyn seems too far you want a Broadway style production with a happy easy going story

88
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.

95
Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining, 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. :)

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if well written and well acted, moving story

Don't see it if maybe dragged a little at end, and could have been tighter and more clear

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed the story and you love theater...

Don't see it if NA

89
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like something deep, and can wait for a build up.

Don't see it if You like something that has a lot of quick action.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Like intense drama

Don't see it if Are not interested in period pieces