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The Elephant Man

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through April 24 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 8–SUNDAY, APRIL 24

THE ELEPHANT MAN

As David Bowie and Bradley Cooper both learned (in 1980 and 2015, respectively, when they played in the show on Broadway), the title role in this historical drama is as challenging physically as it is emotionally. For two hours each night, an actor must embody the misshapen form that earned Joseph Merrick notoriety in a London freak show in the 1880s, and made walking, standing, speaking, and sleeping fundamentally problematic throughout his life. But Bernard Pomerance's script locates and examines the true deformity in society's historic treatment of the differently abled. Artistic director Ira David Wood III directs his son in the title role. —Byron Woods

THEATRE IN THE PARK, RALEIGH Various times, $16–$24, www.theatreinthepark.com

Price: $18-$24

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