by Paula Citron
The CanStage production of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man is a Robin Phillips’ signature piece. Phillips both directed and designed the show, and no detail has been overlooked. He is a master of his craft. The play is beautifully nuanced in both how language is delivered and how the ensemble is moved around the stage. This is a theatre piece of immense depth.
Geraint Wyn Davies as the doctor who provides a safe haven for the Elephant Man is absolutely divine. Brent Carver has managed to overcome his irritating mannerisms to give a superb performance as John Merrick. The cast also includes wonderful turns from Jack Wetherall, Michael Spencer-Davis and Michelle Fisk. Kate Trotter as the actress Mrs. Kendell is very mannered, but it does fit the role, although she does become more irritating over time.
Phillips is a class act and this production reflects his rich theatrical aesthetic.
The Elephant Man continues until Nov. 3.
From the Bluma Appel Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.