REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” Opened with a ShowScore of 74

Show-Score | Dec 20, 2016
“Bright Colors and Bold Patterns”, written by Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie, opened on December 19, 2016 in New York City. “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns”, written by Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie, opened on December 19, 2016 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"As played with devastatingly funny panache by Mr. Droege himself, Gerry would probably be overwhelming in real life...But at a safe distance onstage, he’s a delight—a slightly exhausting one (10 minutes less would be more), but still a delight...Plays do not get much gayer than 'Bright Colors,' which opened in a spiffy production directed by Michael Urie...This 80-minute evening is essentially an audience with Gerry...I believe the clinical term is 'hot mess.'"
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"This riotous solo play luxuriates in that favorite homosexual pastime: throwing shade. As performed by the witty and articulate Droege, it occasionally has the feeling of a high-concept stand-up comedy routine...Director Michael Urie smartly helps Droege maintain a balance between sassiness and nastiness. He slowly and deliberately pushes the boundaries, testing what he can get away with. He's an undoubtedly messy queen, but one that we can't stop watching."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Gerry is the richly tragicomic creation of Drew Droege, the masterful solo writer-performer...Gerry is, he admits, 'a lot,' and Droege draws his multitudes in a sharply observed and lovingly brutal portrait...Gerry guards old wounds of exclusion and heartbreak, dating back decades, that have made him the spiny puffer he is today, inflated with prickly defenses. That's what gives Droege’s show a poignancy beyond its hilarity."

“Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” was also reviewed by Carole Di Tosti of Theater Pizzazz, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and David Finkle of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 6 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 68.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Entertaining, Banal, Clever and interesting for 45 of the 90 minutes, Funny

Marc 6152, ShowScore: 61
See it if…"Strong acting, but the piece itself is shrill and mostly exists in one note of frenzy. Good moments embedded in 90 minutes, though." 
Don't see it if…"You're not open to campy, caustic humor (and some pathos) rooted in the gay male experience regarding the cultural shifts from marriage equality."
Ricky D 6094, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You enjoy strong, character-driven one-man shows with some truly witty moments."
Don't see it if…"You can't stand when shows end with a pretty bow on top."
John 68, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You enjoy a one-man show. He makes you believe other unseen characters are there. Can watch an effeminate Fire Island-type character." 
Don't see it if…"You don't have patience. I was put off at the beginning but the entire piece picks up as it goes along."

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