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Bright Colors and Bold Patterns

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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').   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.

Member Reviews (242)


Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious
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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]

Also I saw the play with Jeff Hiller (who is terrific).

Clever, Cliched, Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if 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 have little tolerance for cliches about gay male style, or gay male relationships, or gay male reliance on booze & drugs to get by.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Also While the actor did an incredible job portraying a gay character the p... Read more Read less

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.

Funny, Hilarious, Great acting

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.

Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, 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, Clever, Cliched, Quirky, Raunchy

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.

Energetic comedian, Entertaining, Stereotyped, Repetitive comedy, Disappointing

See it if you like hyperactive "gay" humor that has been done before (e.g., Mario Cantone) but still entertaining.

Don't see it if you desire humor that is unique, covers a range of topics and styles, and doesn't require an enormous amount of knowledge of pop culture.

Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you can laugh at outlandish gay representations. Fantastic one-liners! A few "down" parts were odd, but overall funny.

Don't see it if you don't like gay shows. I don't think there is anything NOT gay here :)

Also I'm a straight white female and thoroughly enjoyed the show. I caught ... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Raunchy

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, Entertaining, Great solo performance, Intense, Edgy

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

Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Droege's sense of humor appeals to you and you have an interest in modern gay topics.

Don't see it if one man shows about being gay in modern society don't appeal to you.

Great acting, Indulgent, Raunchy

See it if you want to see Jeff Hiller be great.

Don't see it if you don't like gay stereotypes.

Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Resonant, Quirky

See it if Well-acted solo shows are of interest to you, or if you are looking for a high energy comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like references to same-sex relationships.

Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy one person shows. The writer/star is clever and engaging. The premise is entertaining if slight.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, especially when the one person talks to imaginary others onstage, or if you are homophobic.

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you would enjoy a one man show about a drunken, drugged, depressed gay man going on a rant.

Don't see it if if you don't like one man shows and bitchy gay humor.

Also The audience seemed to enjoy the play very much. The actor tried very ... Read more Read less

Well acted, Raunchy

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

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

Great acting, Cliched, Banal

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

Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

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,...
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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 su...
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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...
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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...
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Cast & Creatives (5)