The Elephant Man
. Directed by theater professor Debra Schultz, the play focuses on Merrick (Chad Dyer), a destitute and disfigured Londoner with a rare disease who, after meeting a seemingly kind physician (Bryan Maynard) who shelters him, agrees to join a traveling freak show to make ends meet. Later adapted into the David Lynch-directed film starring John Hurt and Sir Anthony Hopkins, the story aims to find Merrick’s humanity while depicting the cruelty of those around him. With period costume design by Amber Stepanik and Stageworks Theatre’s typical attention to detail, this all-too-real tale of agony should haunt and educate.
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday; continuing 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through July 2. 10760 Grant. For information, call 281-587-6100 or visit stageworkshouston.org
. $17 to $25.
Beauty, they say, is only skin deep. The same must be true of hideousness. Not for the weak of heart, the true-life story of John Merrick comes to Houston’s Stageworks Theatre in a “dark and sinister” production of Bernard Pomerance’s