Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

About the show

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').  

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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.

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Tickets to Drew Droege's Final Weeks! Now through January 7, 2018!
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Jeff Hiller begins 1/17! Tickets from $29! Now through February 25, 2018!
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Only valid on standard tickets. Premium tickets in select seats in Rows E, F, G, & H. Blackout dates may apply. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.

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The New York Times

"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

Front Mezz Junkies

"It’s one continuous show-stopping performance from beginning to the end that is just plain fabulous...It’s also a highly political discussion lead by a drugged out messy gay man, drunk on shame, anger, and tequila...The references come fast and furious, and partly because of the skillful direction of Michael Urie...He might not be the first person I’d invite to my poolside gathering, but he certainly would keep things lively and real, and very very funny." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"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

Gotham Playgoer

“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


“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


"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

Off Off Online

“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

Stage Buddy

“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

Stage Biz

"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

Theater Pizzazz

“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


“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

Gay City News

“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

Front Row Center

"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

Progressive Pulse

“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 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


for a previous production "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." Full Review

Time Out New York

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

Lighting & Sound America

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

New York Theater

for a previous production "Droege turns his modest, amusing solo turn into something of a bold argument for immodest behavior in an increasingly conventional society. 'Bright Colors and Bold Patterns' is too long...Perhaps as the run reaches its final week, the actor, like the character, is getting carried away. But the turn it eventually takes is worth the wait, helped along by the direction of Michael Urie...Gerry is fleshy, campy, catty, jokey, and, yes, bright and bold, and we’re better off for having met him." Full Review

Front Row Center

for a previous production "It is clear that Droege knows from storytelling (as does his director Michael Urie). He is a skillful performer as well as writer and rarely makes a misstep…In between the fun, the funny lines, and the gut-splitting laughs, there are sprinkled some facts…'Bright Colors' is still in its growing stages, and there are a few tweaks to make: clarify a few plot points, snip a bit of text, and sharpen some blocking...Please include me in the next unveiling. Because it will be fabulous and then some." Full Review

The Huffington Post

for a previous production "Gerry goes on to ramble on about trivial topic after trivial subject..'Bright Colors' is a character study. That’s to say that about 10 minutes before Droege’s 70 minutes end and after Gerry has sniffed cocaine, drunk any number of margaritas, urinated against a wall and regurgitated, he sobers up and reveals what’s really on his mind...Sure, his exposing a lonely, loveless side is something, but it transpires after many spectators may have long since dismissed the giddily prolix fellow." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Droege varies his writing well, keeping Gerry on a constant if unpredictable track from skepticism to acceptance, and acting-wise imbues him with a delicious flamboyance that's always rooted in the realistic...Urie's staging is simple and stark, and keeps your attention riveted where it belongs...Despite its momentary weak spots, the play surrounding him does an excellent, entertaining job at rendering him in exactly the adventurous palettes and textures that invitation so openly decries." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

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

Front Row Center

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

Theater Pizzazz

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

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Funny, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining, Great solo performance

See it if You're up for a fast, non-stop, very funny and all too real terrific solo turn by Jeff Hiller, outrageous, catty and by the end, poignant.

Don't see it if You're homophobic, dislike solo shows, have too many friends like Drew or expect more than an extended monologue, however well-delivered.

Also Great set by Dara Wishingrad; solid, almost invisible direction by Mic... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Raunchy, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an over the top one man show about a gay man dealing with past & present relationships. A few laughs but it also drags

Don't see it if you hate one-person shows or are uncomfortable with gay themes/characters

Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if The solo actor Jeff Hiller astounds with his masterful performance -- perfect combination of over-the-top manic and deftly nuanced.

Don't see it if you hate one-person shows or are uncomfortable with gay themes/characters

Also My wife was absolutely convinced that the actor had also written the s... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

Too much “too much” for me

See it if You want a funny and well-performed, but exhaustingly manic, rant by an alcohol and cocaine-fueled partygoer. Short, but not short enough.

Don't see it if You have fewer drugs in your system than the character in the play.

Also No audience interaction, so no need to fear this crazed individual tur... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Would like to see a clever, entertaining one-man show

Don't see it if You are less than thrilled with a over-the-top gay man

Great acting, Banal, Cliched

See it if you like one man shows are looking for a clichéd view of gay life

Don't see it if you hate one man shows or offended by gay themes

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy, Cliched

See it if you enjoy a solo show that focuses on the trials and tribulations of one man's relationship experiences and dramas.

Don't see it if you know little or nothing about gay lifestyle, or find such a life offensive.

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want to have fun enjoy being catty and want to observe an expert at it

Don't see it if you tired of gay characters that fit the stereotype, although this portrayal is more nuanced and less two dimensional.

Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you think a one man show can't create a vivid world of complex characters. funny and even better for the serious themes.

Don't see it if exaggerated characters turn you off or you're tired of gay issues

More bold than bright

See it if You need to see another one person gay show. Talk about a niche show.

Don't see it if You value our most important commodity, time.

Also Drew is a drag after 50 minutes. The problem is that the show has thir... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a hilarious one-man show about gay social life

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a comedy about gays

Also Drew did a great job making a solo show appear to have other character... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if are ok with one person shows. Enjoy Diversity of lifestyles in comedy.

Don't see it if Unable to countenance gay topics

Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want a fun time in the theater and don't care very much about a complicated plot.

Don't see it if you need a fast moving play or if you don't like solo plays or if you don't like plays with gay themes.

Raunchy, Well acted

See it if you like energetic one man shows. Audience reaction is constant with many laughs. Add 20 points if you know about Gay life.

Don't see it if you don't like Gay themed shows. Also, you should be well integrated in Gay life to get many of the references and jokes.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an over the top one man show about a gay man dealing with past and present relationships. A few laughs but not many.

Don't see it if You want to see something of substance. This play didn't excite me at all. Depiction of drug use and excessive drinking didn't help.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a one man show (masterpiece). Great story .

Don't see it if n/a

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Raunchy, Great writing

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

Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want a funny take on the evolving "meaning" around being gay, though I wish it had addressed that central question a bit more.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, gays, or gays living up to stereotypes.

Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Dated, Fluffy

See it if Your idea of entertainment is 80 Minutes of gay stereotypes and banal dialogues. He does his best but it is not enough.

Don't see it if You are looking for a monologue that goes deeper into the main character. This one man show might be funny but it lacks substance.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if to see a really terrific, sharp solo performance in a funny, timely, and surprisingly thoughtful play about how we define cultural progress.

Don't see it if you'll be turned off by a character who may first come off on the obnoxious side - though this might be the play's ultimate point.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to see a one-man show after which you'd swear you watched a play with several characters onstage.

Don't see it if you hate humor, fun, and/or one-man shows.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like to laugh, enjoy one liners, appreciate one man shows and/or like gays.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by gays and/or don't like gay jokes.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like one-man very gay shows. Funny and very in.

Don't see it if you don't like very gay shows with lots of in-references.

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