(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 12/7; via Pam Green.)

O.K. already, can we just go ahead and pull back that curtain?

A current of electric impatience runs through the audience during the opening scenes of the sturdy revival of Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man,” which opened on Sunday night at the Booth Theater. That’s because the only glimpse we’ve been allowed so far of the title character — and more important, of the man playing him — has been as a shadow behind a thin but view-obstructing curtain.


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