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

The Elephant Man (Gallery Players) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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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Member Reviews (22)

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Great acting, Profound, Slow, Heartbreaking, Heavy

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.

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

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Resonant

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

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

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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