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The Elephant in the Room — Theatre Row, New York City

Written & Performed by: Melanie Greenberg

Directed by: Joanie Schultz

Music Director & Composer: Bill Zeffiro

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers

Melanie Greenberg’s personal history is absolutely riveting. The fact that she set it to the tune of Broadway standards and shared some challenging stories about her life is amazing. Showing a tremendous amount of vulnerability, Greenberg, accompanied onstage only by composer and music director Bill Zeffiro, takes the audience on a journey through her (sometimes mis-)adventures rooted in truth and showtunes.

From summer camp to psych wards to cult-y boarding schools to ayahuasca ceremonies, Greenberg doesn’t hold back as she weaves together her tale of self-discovery and acceptance. She is engaging, charming, and willing to laugh at her own foibles.  Musical references are tongue-in-cheek and Greenberg’s love for the genre is palpable. The tonal balance between some shocking narrative moments and a sudden burst of a Broadway standard serves the piece well. At the November 7 performance, it seemed much of the audience knew Greenberg personally, and their support undoubtedly fueled the energy of the performance.

The Elephant in the Room is a funny, sometimes darkly charming journey along the path of self-reflection and realization. Part of the United Solo Theatre Festival, this show is a lovely way to spend ninety minutes at Theatre Row.

Runs Until:18 November 2021 | Photo Credit: Hunter Canning

The Reviews Hub Score

Unignorably Funny

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