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The North American premiere of EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by George Perrin
Barrow Street Theatre
December 6, 2014 - March 29, 2015. Official opening: December 14, 2014.
A NY Times Critic's Pick
"[EVERY BRILLIANT THING] is indeed brilliant: an act of complicity and shared imagination between performer Jonny Donahoe and the audience that is exposing, heartfelt and joyous." —Lynn Gardner, The Guardian
1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
Duncan Macmillan's life-affirming production takes an unflinching look at the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy.
One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop – this life-affirming piece of theatre sometimes looks as if it might be sailing quite close to those treacherous theatrical shallows, known as "the cutes", that can capsize even the most well-meaning show. But without sacrificing our enjoyment, Macmillan and director George Perrin steer it well away from whimsy into choppier waters. There is something tough being confronted here – the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy – and it is explored with unflinching honesty.
It is fully aware of the gravitational pull of the darkness that beckons the narrator’s mother and speaks to him as well. In the face of great loss and depression, a real effort of will is required to recall why it’s worth continuing with life. That will is the force that animates “Every Brilliant Thing” and keeps it afloat for the captivating hour of its duration. Being an active part of its creative team takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter.
It took me the long ride home on the subway, with its crush of straphangers half ignoring and half participating in each other’s lives, to realize that the play’s narrative concepts weren’t interchangeable gimmicks, handy to any tale, but a specific and deep response to the work of staying alive. It’s after all a job that requires hundreds of people and a million things to live for.
Put the word brilliant in your title and you are asking for trouble. But Duncan Macmillan delivers with this not-quite one-man show about a young boy who, after his mother’s suicide attempt, compiles a list of all the brilliant things that make life worth living. This painfully honest, funny play about depression, guilt, and trying save those you love and yourself, is indeed brilliant: an act of complicity and shared imagination between performer Jonny Donahoe and the audience that is exposing, heartfelt and joyous.
To be chapped or not to be chapped, that is the question. This set of three Shakespearen lip balms are decorated to look like Shakespeare (Mint), Hamlet (Apple) and Macbeth (Orange). (Those in the know refer to Macbeth as the “Scottish Balm.”) Each tube of lip balm is 2-1/2" (6.4 cm) long with a twist bottom dispenser. Illustrated window box.
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The Araca Group presents Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED, directed by Kimberly Senior. Hari Dhillon reprises the role he performed at London's Bush Theater.
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