The solo comedy about what gets left behind as homosexuality moves into the mainstream returns for an encore run. Directed by Michael Urie ('Ugly Betty,' 'Buyer & Cellar'). More…
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says, "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left? 'Bright Colors and Bold Patterns' was written and originally performed by Outfest Award winner Drew Droege, who is best known for his online videos as Chloë Sevigny. Jeff Hiller ('Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson') now stars.
"A theatrical display of comedic genius. Any fan of Droege's other work will instantly recognize his quick wit, less-then-obvious humor, and underlying intelligence, all quietly commanding a seemingly chaotic, over-the-top ship...Hiller gives an awe-inspiring display of acting craftsmanship...The bare bones of his performance have clearly been guided by Urie's firm and expert handling of comedy in basic human behavior." Full Review
"Michael Urie has mounted a very smart show here with the aid of Dara Wishingrad’s colorful set. But it is really Mr. Droege’s trium. I’ve never seen an actor do a better job of populating a scene with unseen characters. And I’ve never laughed so hard. In 'Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,' he creates a wry and wacky comic rainbow." Full Review
“This is a comic tour de force that will leave your sides aching with laughter and your heart more than a little touched...The script is whip-smart and deliciously satirical...Droege is a masterful performer with flawless timing...Urie’s imaginative staging hits every laugh but doesn’t ignore the more subtle aspects of the script...Gerry is somewhat of a stereotypical character, but it’s so entertaining and Droege is such a wonderful performer you won’t care.” Full Review
“Droege is able to paint a portrait of the other guests he interacts with, even though he’s alone on stage...Droege, is a master of improv...He’s very much like Robin Williams, able to take a scene and make it different every time...He keeps the energy and the laughter at an avalanche speed...Droege shows he’s as vulnerable and sensitive as he is boisterous and over-the-top.” Full Review
"The tragicomedy of the season...It is to Droege’s immense credit as a playwright and actor that the play is so smooth...An incredible feat: constructing dialogue and performance so immaculately that even nonspeaking invisible roles are full three-dimensional characters...Underneath the hilarity, however, lies poignancy...Gerry is a flawed man. He represents the best and worst of us...Droege creates the world, and Urie colors it. This show is a delight." Full Review
"Hasn't lost any of its biting wit and dark laughs...It's a marvelously funny piece of writing...Hiller nails it time and time again. It's bitchy and uncomfortable at moments, cruel and mean-spirited at times, but underneath all that, there lies a whole lot of raw truth in that discomfort...The talented threesome of Urie, Droege, and Hiller squeeze out every conceivable laugh from this very funny, dark, and engaging material." Full Review
"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.'" Full Review
“Played by the author, Droege, Gerry is a lot of fun to hang out with...Droege’s performance, directed skillfully by Michael Urie is exuberantly comic; his writing has marvelously evocative phrasing...Droege plays only Gerry, but he evokes the others by listening with consummate skill...There are few shows playing now that are as consistently funny, but one hopes that he’s already working on a follow-up—that 'Bright Colors' is merely a prelude to more works as richly comic as this." Full Review
“The reference filled one-man show is essentially a monologue ingeniously disguised as a play...Mr. Droege is simply sensational as Gerry; the performance is a masterclass in impeccable timing and knowing panache. And together with Michael Urie’s flamboyant and insightful direction, ‘Bright Colors and Bold Patterns’ emerges as an hysterical yet poignant portrait of a man fighting for his identity.” Full Review
"Fucking hilarious...Hiller is a star. His collaboration with Urie has resulted in a nuanced and hilarious performance, one where the audience immediately trusts Hiller to take us on a ride with him. His performance is so crystal-clear that even when the writing falters, as it gets serious...we’re still hooked because we’re waiting for his next wisecrack to shut the house down. Urie and Hiller have created extremely clear focal points for each of the other on-stage characters." Full Review
"The uproarious Droege in the caustically hilarious and timely new play...The show ruminates over...timeless struggles for equality...Throughout the 80 minutes, Gerry rips through myriad topics from pop culture to his own gripes...Droege is both dazzling and devastating as he fires off gut-busting verbal abuse like a machine gun, but he works just as hard to showcase Gerry’s lonely and disillusioned personal life. Droege has crafted a show that is both relevant and poignant.” Full Review
“If you don’t like gay-themed plays or one-person shows or are offended by rough language, drinking and drug taking, you can stop reading here. This play is not for you...We never actually see the three housemates, but Gerry converses with them so convincingly that they are vivid presences....The play occasionally sags and is overloaded with pop cultural references...Nevertheless, it is a real tour de force for Drew Droege and for me it was worthwhile just to see him perform.” Full Review
"The return of Droege’s hilarious comedy continues to resonate despite a slightly dated message...Ambiguity plays highly into Droege’s quick tempo comedy, aptly directed by the brilliant Michael Urie, a sharp comedian in his own right. The combination of Droege and Urie is quite possibly why this production moves as swiftly as it does...Droege is a high energy performer who has the ability to make his material fresh and new, fitting for this character." Full Review
"Drew Droege’s uproarious solo portrait of a gay man on the verge...Droege plays one-sided conversations disguised as a monologue opposite empty chairs...What begins as an anxious and colorful kind of frenzy descends with the sunset into something more dour...They may not be your style, but Gerry’s impassioned defense of living in a full range of hues will likely stir something in you, too." Full Review
“A hilariously campy night at the theatre...A fearless solo performance with a hell of a lot of heart— though the main character, Gerry, wouldn’t likely admit it...I initially cringed when Gerry spoke at the empty spots where Mack and Dwayne should be, but Droege, who not only stars in but also wrote the piece, pulls the choice off with aplomb — in no small part because of the dazzling buffet of facial expressions at his command from moment to moment.” Full Review
“80 minutes of classic gay snark...Droege is hilarious as Gerry, causing the audience to laugh loudly and often at the character's antics, which include a number of popular culture references...While the section in which Gerry lets down his guard is needed in a play that would otherwise be too superficial, this portion dragged a bit and could have been shorter. Nevertheless, 'Bright Colors' is an entertaining character sketch. It might not get you thinking very much, but it will keep you laug... Full Review
“Droege rattles off rapid-fire popular culture references with a coked-up energy that somehow breathes enough to allow his audience to digest and laugh at his outlandish observations...Director Michael Urie has helped Droege nail the pacing, though a montage transition halfway through feels a bit clumsy…Droege teeters on the edge of sentimental with childhood tales of ostracization...but he earns these pauses from breakneck comedy by being vulnerable and truthful.” Full Review
"A self-absorbed, ostentatious, and highly opinionated rant...The dialogue of quick witted repartee, consists of insults, abusive humor, and innuendos that are dated and trivial adding nothing to the dimension of the character or movement of the plot...Director Michael Urie keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace which helps hide the script's imperfections...If you (gay or straight) enjoy sarcastic, bitchy gay humor with absolutely no substance this might be a great way to spend the evening." Full Review
for a previous production "A remarkable piece of theater, brilliantly written and performed by Drew Droege, and crisply directed by Michael Urie...Lest you think this is simply a bitch-fest, let me tell you there’s some (ahem) meat on the bone here too. Droege the writer, wants to explore another side of marriage equality, and he does so quite successfully...Funny, fast, acerbic, but also thoughtful...If you’re interested in seeing the best of what independent theater can offer, don’t hesitate, go see it." Full Review
for a previous production "'Bright Colors and Bold Patterns' tickles your funny bone and shakes you with uproarious laughter. This is a production that offers a peerless evening of entertainment with some interesting, thoughtful twists...Droege is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind performer and Urie is a directing treasure. Both make this production sizzle and pop. I loved 'Bright Colors and Bold Patterns' for the laughs and revelatory themes. It is a must-see." Full Review
for a previous production "The upshot is a celebration of non cookie cutter gays who try to avoid the price tag attached to assimilation, while never downplaying their gayness, and Droege performs the piece with brilliant verve and timing, Urie’s direction helping it come off syllable-perfect. The crowd of proud, single gays screamed with appreciation throughout." Full Review
for a previous production "Loud, sarcastic, and very, very gay, and Droege is magnificently on-point throughout...As written by Droege, it’s a marvelously funny piece of gay writing: a thesis in gay culture referencing, condemnation, and contemplation. Challenging all kinds of stereotypes with every jab and twist...The writing and performance are hysterical, and skillfully have an undercurrent of sadness, desperation and longing camouflaged with all of his witticisms and judgment." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "You may discover some surprising truths about yourself and your world views thanks to Droege’s beautifully crafted script and Urie’s wise direction...Gerry’s quips are razor-sharp and Droege’s mannerisms and expressions are single-handedly worth the price of a ticket. I’ve always believed that the term 'tour de force' to describe a performance is pretentious and, perhaps, it is. Yet there seems to be no better phrase to define Droege’s capacity to captivate and keep his audience fully engaged." Full Review
for a previous production "In real life, you'd flee the minute you saw him coming, but, as impersonated by Drew Droege, this blitzkrieg of a monologue makes for a pretty hilarious hour and a quarter…Although Droege clearly knows this character inside and out, surely Michael Urie's direction is at least in part responsible for the assured pacing, not to mention the seamless transition to the sadder, more thoughtful final passages…As for Droege, he is definitely a talent whom we'll be seeing again." Full Review
See it if You want the gayest and funniest one-man play ever. Bring extra undies cuz it's pee-yer-pants funny and Kleenex for tearing up at the end.
Don't see it if You're homophobic and just can't stand Jack on Will and Grace, maybe you should pass on this one.
See it if You like Jeff Hiller, Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly...on the move, and drunk. If you love to laugh at outrageous characters.
Don't see it if You don't like campy characters or one-man shows where the actor talks to "invisible" other characters onstage.
See it if you love to laugh, have ever hung out at the pool with your drunk friends, you know or have ever been a party queen,
Don't see it if gay content incites inner rage, you label impeccable acting as "showing off"
See it if for a great night of non-stop laughs. Jeff Hiller gives a tour de force performance, and I am an immediate fan!
Don't see it if don't appreciate gay culture. Don't understand and appreciate monologues.
See it if the gay-experience in the aftermath of legalized marriage from a funny guy trying to make sense of the new landscape intrigues you...
Don't see it if a caddy gay man with intelligent, referential humor incites you to throw things at gay people... or to judge.
See it if You enjoy storylines about Gay relationships both romantic and social. Well-written and acted one-person shows.
Don't see it if Frank sexual and emotional gay themes are not your thing. You are wanting a musical. You don’t like one-person shows
See it if You love comedy! This show blew me away-so funny, so clever and brilliant acting by Jeff Hiller. Well written and staged. It's just great
Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or gay themed story lines. You don't have to be a member or ally of the LGTBQ community to like this show.
See it if You like one man shows, fast talking & hilarious comedy. Relatable experiences regardless of preferences.
Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a touch over the top gay subject matter or depiction of excessive alcohol/drug use.
See it if you enjoy stereotypical over-top 80s-90s gay humor/references one-gay-man play juxtaposing carefree abandon with sensitivity and heartbreak
Don't see it if you are offended or disgusted by queer excess or alcohol or drug abuse, or cannot sit through 90 minute monologue with no action or interval
See it if Where to even begin? This is phenomenal theatre with an excellent and resonant truth behind it. Still thinking about it days later.
Don't see it if You hate one man shows. However, I feel this one is special and won’t disappoint.
See it if a one man show & listen to him spill the tea & just watch the drama unfold. Sometimes very, very funny!
Don't see it if if you don't want to be entertained and you don't like live theater...then Netflix is for you!
See it if you like comedies and want to see an immensely talented actor - Drew Droege is a pure delight.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the gay lingua franca - bitchy whining. If you don't like one man shows, this is also not for you.
See it if You have a campy gay sensibility and want to laugh uncontrollably for 80 minutes. A silly, light night at the theater with an edge.
Don't see it if You don't like camp, gays, drug use, sexual comments or shallow people.
See it if You want a very funny evening. Jeff Hiller is excellent. The script is very funny and you don't feel like it's a one man show.
Don't see it if You don't like over the top gay characters.
See it if You want to see an amazingly wonderful one man (and a few others) show. Drew had me wrapped up in this story he weaves from the beginning.
Don't see it if You don't understand gay humor and pathos.
See it if you would like a funny one man show about a flamboyant guy who wants to preserve gay culture.
Don't see it if you are not interested in gay subject matter or you would not like a one man show.
Also Jeff Hiller has really mastered his part in this production.
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