Accidentally Brave
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Accidentally Brave
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Accidentally Brave NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(131 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

About the Show

This new solo show is an inspiring true story about discovering a new normal when everything you thought you knew comes undone. Use code: "FRIEND1" for $49 discount tickets.

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Member Reviews (131)

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815 Reviews | 889 Followers
84
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if Maddie's story is poignant and thought-provoking. Greatly acted and a fast-moving story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person shows. Read more

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
90
Great writing, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intense/absorbing shows about a serious subject matter. The acting is incredible. Although serious there are some light moments

Don't see it if You dislike 1 person shows

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
94
Powerful, Profound, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if A stunning one woman show. Maddie is raw and vivid, honest, heartbreaking and also funny. Not sure how she does it 8 times a week.

Don't see it if Any discussion of child pornography makes you uncomfortable.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
75
Honest, Autobiographical, Insightful, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Ms. Corman tells the story of her traumatic experience, loss of her old life, and effort to cope & rebuild. Moving & inspiring at times.

Don't see it if Non-fiction solo bio. Some details are compelling, but others are familiar (e.g. 12-step program) and not that interesting.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
83
Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see a masterful performance by an actress who underwent a personally devastating experience. Simply but well staged.

Don't see it if you do not like to see a person discussing her feelings or do not like one person shows. Read more

483 Reviews | 54 Followers
68
Doesn't go deep enough.

See it if You like stories about celebrity scandals.

Don't see it if You want an inciteful story.

410 Reviews | 71 Followers
78
Thought-provoking, Intensely personal, Autobiographical story

See it if Maddie Corman shares her recovery story passing on her experience, strength, and hope.

Don't see it if Visiting the iniquity of the father onto the children unto the third and fourth generation ... unless there is intervention.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
77
Indulgent, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to hear personal stories. Compelling, dramatic, great acting. As a theatrical piece it's fantastic despite being concerning.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a one-woman show or you find it too difficult to put aside your judgment of Corman's choice to stay with husband.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
March 25th, 2019

"Maddie Corman, giving a riveting performance, mostly as herself...'Accidentally Brave' does not offer answers...I wanted to see, rather than just hear as an anecdote, how Ms. Corman came to understand her husband as someone who isn’t evil but unwell, poisoned by pornography. And how she came to stand by him, as her wedding vows promised...The monologue form being what it is, Ms. Corman’s performance is more convincing with the negatives than with the positives."
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Theatermania
March 25th, 2019

"Standing ovation for Maddie Corman...'Accidentally Brave' goes beyond play or performance; as directed by collaborator Kristin Hanggi, the 90-minute piece is an example of drama therapy...It's riveting, personal theater, but it is also truly harrowing...There are no easy answers, and there's no skirting the fact that this play will make a lot of people ethically, morally, and physically uncomfortable. But 'Accidentally Brave' is a must-see for all of those reasons."
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BroadwayWorld
March 26th, 2019

"Corman discusses her pain and frustration with admirable honesty...Remarkably, 'Accidentally Brave' never strays far from being a love story, or at least one that tests the boundaries of love. Despite moments of expressing pure hatred for her husband, she doesn't stop loving him. And there's extraordinary power and bravery within her compassion, making 'Accidentally Brave' a truly uplifting experience that allows you to believe that one day Maddie Corman will be okay."
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BroadwayWorld
April 4th, 2019

"Throughout the piece, Ms. Corman embodies the characters in her narrative, including her children, friends, therapists, and an Angel who gets her to completely own the situation...The production at the DR2 Theatre has just the right space to give an intimate feel. It is almost like Ms. Corman is in her living room having an inner monologue...After listening to her truth and trying to understand her dilemma, I came away with a sort of empathy for the situation."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 9th, 2019

“Extraordinary solo show...Corman’s show is about how, day by day, she charts a way forward for herself...Corman tells her story with enormous tact and, whenever possible, humor, neither of which obscure the profound trauma that has been her lot. Surely, the director, Hanggi, has played a key role here, seeing to it that the star never strikes a sour or maudlin note in detailing the gradual process by which her shattered family puts itself back together."
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New York Stage Review
March 25th, 2019

"As she repeats more than once, Corman wants to pass along lessons she’s learned, often handing out tips for the similarly troubled among her audience. But there’s no mistaking that she’s continuing to talk to herself, to buck herself up, to face her irreversibly skewed world. She may have been accidentally brave before, but there’s no missing that she’s deliberately brave now. Good on her."
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TheaterScene.net
March 26th, 2019

“Corman is personable, engaging and mildly comical but ‘Accidentally Brave’ comes across as a self-conscious vehicle to showcase her presumed tremendous talents. A recreation of her howling reaction to the revelations is painfully awkward, and there’s a lot of overdone character voices and mugging. For some, her grandiose histrionics will culminate in a heartfelt standing ovation. Others, may find her pampered socialite persona vapid and her aim of wanting to help others disingenuous.”
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Theatre is Easy
April 1st, 2019

"She can't tell her husband's story or her children's story, because it's not hers to tell. This is a smart move because it keeps the show from becoming salacious or feeling like she is capitalizing on a tragedy...She is able to find humor at the appropriate times, giving the audience opportunities for much needed laughs, without ever making light of her husband's horrific actions. Sometimes the writing does veer a little too much into self-help territory."
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