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Saturday, January 8, 2011

365.8 The Elephant Man

Went and Saw the Acrosstown Rep. Theatre's production of "The Elephant Man" this evening, this is the only shot I got that is worth anything. the show was interesting, and the actors really put themselves out there (there was a semi-nude scene, so I mean this put figuratively and physically). I'd seen clips from the film version a few times, but really didn't know much about the piece aside from the fact that it was set in London Hospital and involved a man living with deformity.

The interesting thing about the show is that throughout the show the characters constantly referred to a mirror, whether it be through the story of Romeo holding a mirror to Juliet, seeing nothing and thus killing himself, or whether it be a character seeing in John (the Elephant Man) a reflection of themselves. Yet, the artistic team never felt the need to actually have a mirror on stage for any reason. Seemed like an odd choice for a show about mirrors to never once have a mirror on stage.

This was however a great start to the A.R.T.'s 2011 season, and I'm excited to see what the other director's are able to pull off. All-in-all it was a good night of drama.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe the absense of mirrors was to portray the illusion of self reflection... that the reflection can't be trusted. Something like that?

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