Bright Colors and Bold Patterns
Closed 1h 20m
Bright Colors and Bold Patterns
76

Bright Colors and Bold Patterns NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(242 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
15%
Negative
4%
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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Member Reviews (242)

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MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
80
Funny, Dizzying, Clever, Quirky, Campy

See it if you want to enjoy a thoughtful, witty, fast-paced, over-the-top (yet authentic) 1-man tour-de-force about being gay in the gay marriage era.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by flamboyant gay patter. [Sure, the character's an insufferable stereotype, but the play has heart & lots of laughs] Read more

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
74
Clever, Cliched, Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if ...you are interested in gay theater, or gay history, or the current state of gay life among a subset of gay men,

Don't see it if ...you have little tolerance for cliches about gay male style, or gay male relationships, or gay male reliance on booze & drugs to get by.

608 Reviews | 121 Followers
81
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want laugh and have a good time.

Don't see it if Gay topic in this show.

602 Reviews | 224 Followers
87
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You love funny, over-the-top bitchy gay characters being extra.

Don't see it if Watching a Carson Kressley-esque character bitch for 75 minutes isn’t your thing.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
86
Funny

See it if you like a sarcastic one-man show.

Don't see it if you don't find entertainment in watching the demise of a boozy and cynical depressive at a party. That guy.

494 Reviews | 103 Followers
50
A bit too much

See it if You want to see an incredible performer interact with characters that are not present on stage

Don't see it if You are not interested in a one person show about going to a gay wedding Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
80
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy a 1-man show about a guy who's drinking, out with friends, telling stories, etc. But who's really lonely deep down inside.

Don't see it if You'd want a larger cast. But the 85 minutes goes by fast.

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
72
Hilarious, Fast-paced, Solo performance

See it if You want to find out if Bright Colors and Bold Patterns is a synonym for “gay”.

Don't see it if You don’t care to find out.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
November 21st, 2017

"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.'"
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BroadwayWorld
November 22nd, 2017

“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 laughing.”
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Theatre is Easy
February 11th, 2018

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 22nd, 2017

“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.”
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Front Row Center
December 2nd, 2017

"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."
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Stage Buddy
December 10th, 2017

“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.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
February 14th, 2018

"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."
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Exeunt Magazine
March 1st, 2018

"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."
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