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  The Elephant Man at El Portal Theatre

The Elephant Man

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood

“In 2011, I contracted the Bell's Palsy virus. The entire left side of my face was paralyzed. I had to tape my left eye open during the day, and tape it shut at night. My nose was being pulled across my face by the strong muscles on the right side, and that made my left nostril collapse. I would drool and slur my speech. Out in public during the early stage of this condition; I was met by sympathetic looks, gasps, and a few mean spirited passing comments. But one comment stuck; "Hey, it's the Elephant Man"! Those words never left me, and what was meant as an insult became a gift that made me discover “ The Elephant Man”, a play by Bernard Pomerance. The relevance and power of his play continues to deepen four decades after its debut. Needless to say, I did not choose this play, oddly enough it chose me, and I am grateful.”

Thru - Apr 14, 2019

Price: $25-$55

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 818-508-4200

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  The Elephant Man Reviews
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Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...No doubt director Robyn Cohen allowed her own feminine vision of the characters' emotions to shine through during this as well as every heart wrenching scene, including the reason for Merrick's untimely passing in 1890 at the age of 27."
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Shari Barrett

The Tolucan Times - Highly Recommended

"...Unlike the 1980 film starring John Hurt in the title role, our Merrick is without makeup effects or prosthetics, as is tradition for the stage. While Vitorino delivers a fantastic and believable Elephant Man, contorting his face and body, including a hunched and twisted walk complete with cane, this reviewer would have preferred special effects make up."
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Salvador Rodriguez

Hollywood Progressive - Highly Recommended

"...The Thursday Night Theatre Club’s production of Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award winner for Best Play The Elephant Man is simply an exquisitely poetically, philosophically rendered poignant work all about the art of being human. Based on the real life case of the hideously physically deformed John Merrick (Tom Vitorino), the two-act drama follows the so-called “Elephant Man’s” lot in life in Victorian England throughout the 1880s."
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Ed Rampell

NoHoArtsDistrict - Highly Recommended

"...This is a truly excellent production of a play that should be on everyone's shortlist and I advise you to take full advantage of The Thursday Night Theatre Club's masterful and heartrending version on "The Elephant Man.""
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Samantha Simmonds

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...Merrick’s slow transformation is the most emotionally engaging element of the play. Under Treve’s care, and with the patience and help of the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendall, John’s wit, intelligence and sense of humor gradually materialize until a human being emerges from the “monster.” The change is so stark that, at the start of Act II, John, sporting a natty suit and looking quite the refined gentleman, is visited at Christmas by a host of society notables, including royalty."
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Lovell Estell III

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