Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

Accidentally Brave

From 131 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

With raw vulnerability and unexpected humor, actor and playwright Maddie Corman shares her story of perseverance and hope, about when the unthinkable tests her marriage, family, and values.

1h 30m | Already closed | DR2 Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (131)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense
Avg Score

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.

Also Whether one agrees with her choices or not (the story doesn't include ... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

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.

Also I did not know this actress but by the end of this play I felt I did k... Read more Read less

Doesn't go deep enough.

See it if You like stories about celebrity scandals.

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

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.

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.

But goes on too long, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to hear a fascinating path to self discovery and recovery.

Don't see it if You dont like manic, oversharing as you watch a wife and mother put her life back together and say in the end we are better for it.

Needs editing, Overly familiar themes, Engenders sympathy, Good presentation, Relevant

See it if you like one person shows & enjoy immersing yourself in a person's psychological journey coping with a spouse's psychological deviancy.

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows and what, at times, seems like sitting through a character's rather long psychological therapy session.

Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if a play about a woman struggling to survive the failures of her husband interest you.

Don't see it if the thought of experiencing an 80 minute one woman play about the a serious topic just doesn't interest you.

Also Maddie Corman was brilliantly emotional in this play about surviving a... Read more Read less

Intense, Powerful, Absorbing

See it if A one-woman show that is dynamic and explosive. Narrator's husband arrested for viewing child pornography, but the show is about her.

Don't see it if Constant non-stop high energy barrage of information as well as a screen with large photographic images projected might leave you exhausted.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great performance, writing and staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in a great example of personal history put to its best use: harrowing, funny, cathartic & forgiving for actor and audience

Don't see it if One-person, autobiographical pieces don't interest or if a husband's interest and arrest for child porn consumption is too much to deal with

Also From set to sound, wardrobe and lighting, Accidentally Brave is an att... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you are ready for an intense, very personal true story describing the will found to hold a family together against terrible truths.

Don't see it if you prefer fiction to an intense true story.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy solo shows. It's an engaging narrative conveyed w/ fierce commitment, humor, grief, humility—lots of emotion, measured, tempered.

Don't see it if expecting details/insights into how Corman's family has coped—that's their story to tell, she says. May thus find content on shallow side.

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well performed one person show about a family in turmoil;

Don't see it if you find the topic of child pornography too distasteful.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You would like to see an emotional play about a women with 3 children dealing with a husband who is addicted to watching child pornography

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows.

Great acting, Raw, Intense

See it if 90 minutes of non-stop emotions. Very (almost too) painful and really heart-felt. Amazing she can tell this story 8 times a week.

Don't see it if you want a light evening or you are not interested in very emotionally painful experiences.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a profoundly personal telling of a difficult situation.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play that is lighthearted and upbeat.

Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to follow a journey in this one woman show and how she is still learning how to cope with keeping her family life together

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows and if you are uncomfortable listening to a subject of a taboo nature.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Indulgent

See it if you can relate to one woman's anger and resentment vis-a-vis her husband's "betrayal".Committed piece of theater but as she says it is hers

Don't see it if you are interested in a more balanced exploration of the subject and characters. There is no "why" Only what and what after. But well done

Attention crave

See it if Like to sit in a nice convenient venue and pass the time.

Don't see it if Audience enables cash flow for actress, a pampered vapid socialite.

Also Nice third row center seat for a pity party paid for by voyeur audienc... Read more Read less

Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want a masterfully told personal tale. Very well done play.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a serious show about life, without a necessarily happy resolution played by a woman.

Private, Overly dramatic, Superficial at times, Overrated, Intense

See it if you enjoy one woman shows about real life experiences. Family dramas dealing with overcoming psychological traumas.

Don't see it if it felt superficial and overly dramatic at times. Leaves wondering how the story would turn out for a regular, not reach/celebrity family.

Great acting, Poignant, Solo show about a spouse arrested for kiddie porn, Edgy, Effective multi-media

See it if you're a Maddie Corman fan & interested in her; you're curious why a wife with 3 kids would stay with a husband arrested for child porn

Don't see it if sex addiction or kiddie porn would be triggers; you came for tabloid sensationalism or lurid details; you dislike monologues on marital woes

Also The expected rage & fury doesn't appear until 3/4 into the show. Since... Read more Read less

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ext...
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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...
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