THE ELEPHANT MAN

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Thu Apr 04, 8:00pm
Fri Apr 05, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 06, 8:00pm
Sun Apr 07, 3:00pm
Thu Apr 11, 8:00pm
Fri Apr 12, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 13, 8:00pm
Sun Apr 14, 3:00pm

 

THE ELEPHANT MAN
Mar. 21 – 23 and April 4 – 14, 2019
“The Elephant Man” is based on the life of John Merrick who lived in London during the latter part of the 19th Century. A horribly deformed young man who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, John is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of the famous young doctor, Fredrick Treves, Merrick is educated and introduced to London society. Through their eyes, he is changed from sensational object of pity, to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. It his dream that he will become a man like any other…but unbeknownst to him, he exceeds even that.

By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Robyn Cohen

Tickets: $40 to $55.00 through El Portal Theatre
Limited Discount Tickets through: www.OnStage411.com/elephantman

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Reviews

"When the same actors play multiple roles, the audience immediately recognizes the depth of character development and creative teamwork involved... The show’s haunting, exquisite score and music (sound engineering by Beau Bancroft) not only enhances but carries the emotional energy. It has so much potential that a chamber operetta of The Elephant Man could well be on the musical horizon."

sweet - Bonnie Primmer - Curtain Up - ...read full review


"Fabulous production! Very emotional portrayal of John Merrick which had me emotionally tied to the devastating plight of this character. The entire cast was riveting, and the costumes parallel a true Broadway production. Bravo to the actors on such an authentic portrayal of this production."

sweet - Andrea S.


"This was such an amazing production to see! I was in awe from the moment the show began. Such talent!"

sweet - Sarah Anne


"This was a wonderful take on the story of The Elephant Man. The cast, across the board, was fantastic! My only gripe with the production was the set/props. For me, in theatre, even the smallest of details can make or break. Seeing a carpet dolly being used to move a cabinet around was a sad sight. A little black spray paint and it could have disappeared. With the said, no this not a massive budget performance. It is definitely minimal. Which makes the audiences have to rely on the performers to convey the story as opposed to the atmosphere and sets helping to put you in that world."

sweet-sour - Jenn


"Blown away by this Elephant Man Production. everything from the Production Design/Costuming to the acting are stellar. sublime performances by Alice Walker , Tom Vitorino and John Ralston Craig.... funny , touching , sorrowful....... a must see for fans of the play or movie"

sweet - David Bailey


"I have been a fan of the ELEPHANT MAN MOVIE since I was a child. As of FRIDAY 03/22/2019, I am officially a fan of the ELEPHANT MAN PLAY. More over I am a fan of the cast, Tom Vitorino's rendition redefined what I thought or knew about John Merrick. The ELEPHANT MAN lives again at EL PORTAL THEATRE."

sweet - Jared S


"This is show is amazing. The acting, sets, and costumes are all outstanding. And it's so wonderful to see Broadway level theater productions in Los Angeles."

sweet - Jake A


"This is a great story line great pros bringing it to stage,my lady friend and i really enjoyed it the company of cast was spot on had tears running down faces with laughter too a must to see the gentleman playing elephant man brought it life Tom V with the company of cast members made us feel like we where really back there in those yrs they brought love hate and GOD to the stage a must see for every human yes where going back"

sweet - Bobby Holley


"Moving and transformative experience! The story of John Merrick is heartbreakingly powerful and brought to life by the amazing cast. This is what a night out at the theatre is meant to be. Skillful actors, authentic set design and costuming make you feel like you are there. I’ll be back to see this again! Amazing!"

sweet - Steph V


"What a stunning performance to see! Not only was there an incredibly talented cast who brought the characters to vivid life, but the set pieces, lighting, wardrobe, music, transitions and venue all lended themselves to make the show one to remember. Tom Vitorino tugged at my heartstrings with his portrayal of John Merrick. His body work was just fantastic and I was completely immersed in the character's struggle without the need for prosthetics. Alice Walker played a delightfully funny yet graceful Ms. Kendall. I could go on about the whole cast! I'll most definitely be attending more shows before closing."

sweet - Sam J.


"This play is wonderful! The acting is amazing! Also, the lighting, costumes, and direction is fantastic! This is a must see!"

sweet - CRD


"This production of The Elephant Man is beyond fantastic. The costumes, sets and lighting provided the perfect backdrop for the wonderful performances by the talented cast. I plan to return to see this again & I highly recommend checking out this production before it ends its run on April 14."

sweet - Eric G


"When the same actors play multiple roles, the audience immediately recognizes the depth of character development and creative teamwork involved... The show’s haunting, exquisite score and music (sound engineering by Beau Bancroft) not only enhances but carries the emotional energy. It has so much potential that a chamber operetta of The Elephant Man could well be on the musical horizon."

sweet - Bonnie Primmer - Curtain Up - ...read full review


"Fabulous production! Very emotional portrayal of John Merrick which had me emotionally tied to the devastating plight of this character. The entire cast was riveting, and the costumes parallel a true Broadway production. Bravo to the actors on such an authentic portrayal of this production."

sweet - Andrea S.


"This was such an amazing production to see! I was in awe from the moment the show began. Such talent!"

sweet - Sarah Anne


"This was a wonderful take on the story of The Elephant Man. The cast, across the board, was fantastic! My only gripe with the production was the set/props. For me, in theatre, even the smallest of details can make or break. Seeing a carpet dolly being used to move a cabinet around was a sad sight. A little black spray paint and it could have disappeared. With the said, no this not a massive budget performance. It is definitely minimal. Which makes the audiences have to rely on the performers to convey the story as opposed to the atmosphere and sets helping to put you in that world."

sweet-sour - Jenn


"Blown away by this Elephant Man Production. everything from the Production Design/Costuming to the acting are stellar. sublime performances by Alice Walker , Tom Vitorino and John Ralston Craig.... funny , touching , sorrowful....... a must see for fans of the play or movie"

sweet - David Bailey


"I have been a fan of the ELEPHANT MAN MOVIE since I was a child. As of FRIDAY 03/22/2019, I am officially a fan of the ELEPHANT MAN PLAY. More over I am a fan of the cast, Tom Vitorino's rendition redefined what I thought or knew about John Merrick. The ELEPHANT MAN lives again at EL PORTAL THEATRE."

sweet - Jared S


"This is show is amazing. The acting, sets, and costumes are all outstanding. And it's so wonderful to see Broadway level theater productions in Los Angeles."

sweet - Jake A


"This is a great story line great pros bringing it to stage,my lady friend and i really enjoyed it the company of cast was spot on had tears running down faces with laughter too a must to see the gentleman playing elephant man brought it life Tom V with the company of cast members made us feel like we where really back there in those yrs they brought love hate and GOD to the stage a must see for every human yes where going back"

sweet - Bobby Holley


"Moving and transformative experience! The story of John Merrick is heartbreakingly powerful and brought to life by the amazing cast. This is what a night out at the theatre is meant to be. Skillful actors, authentic set design and costuming make you feel like you are there. I’ll be back to see this again! Amazing!"

sweet - Steph V


"What a stunning performance to see! Not only was there an incredibly talented cast who brought the characters to vivid life, but the set pieces, lighting, wardrobe, music, transitions and venue all lended themselves to make the show one to remember. Tom Vitorino tugged at my heartstrings with his portrayal of John Merrick. His body work was just fantastic and I was completely immersed in the character's struggle without the need for prosthetics. Alice Walker played a delightfully funny yet graceful Ms. Kendall. I could go on about the whole cast! I'll most definitely be attending more shows before closing."

sweet - Sam J.


"This play is wonderful! The acting is amazing! Also, the lighting, costumes, and direction is fantastic! This is a must see!"

sweet - CRD


"This production of The Elephant Man is beyond fantastic. The costumes, sets and lighting provided the perfect backdrop for the wonderful performances by the talented cast. I plan to return to see this again & I highly recommend checking out this production before it ends its run on April 14."

sweet - Eric G