“The ELEPHANT MAN” Starring Philip Watt at San Francisco’s Brava Theater through May 17, 2015

This is truly one of the finest pieces of theatre we have seen in the Bay Area or anywhere, not to be missed!

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The San Francisco production of “The Elephant Man” is a play by Bernard Pomerance based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit.The Brava theater production starring Philip Watt is a superbly cast play of local Bay area actors. As both ensemble and individuals, the play offers strong acting, wonderful period costumes,and the effective use of multi-media technologies to embellish the classic theme’s mis en scene exploration of human nobility.Set in London during the height of Social Darwinism,a pseudo-scientific movement that held that life of humans in society was a struggle for existence ruled by “survival of the fittest,” a phrase proposed by the British philosopher and scientist Herbert Spencer.The play raises weighty issues regarding the very meaning of human survival and ideals of so called fitness as conventions of social and economic class mobility and…

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