Monday, December 8, 2014

The Elephant Man Opens

The second revival of Bernard Pomerance's 1979 play (the first revival was in 2002) opened last night at the Booth Theatre.  The reviews are in and are quite solid.  Reviews have highly praised various elements of the production.  These include "an excellent Alessandro Nivola", and a set which includes "discretely poetic use of sliding curtains to echo imagery about illusion and concealment."  The production's star is certainly giving a star performance, which has drawn a variety of responses from critics.  Some people did not explicitly comment on his performance but thought that his celebrity would bring in ticket buyers and, as the elephant in the room, was quite appropriate -- people coming to gawk and all.  Others loved him in the part -- a role Cooper has been wanting to play since graduate school.

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