Although deeply earnest magicians such as Criss Angel and David Blaine would likely tell you there’s nothing funny about their line of work, the writers of the new magic show/theater performance Elephant Room have apparently found plenty of comedic material to run with. Starring the actor-magician Steve Cuiffo and performance group rainpan 43’s Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford, the show delves into the lives of a trio of mediocre magicians who take their craft much too seriously. When our own Alexis Soloski saw it at the Philly Live Arts Festival in September, she wrote, “Without rendering them the least bit noble, likeable, or attractive, Lyford, Sobelle, and Cuiffo force the audience to applaud these characters.” Paul Lazar directs the hocus-pocus.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Starts: March 22. Continues through April 8, 2012