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Every Brilliant Thing

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Profound, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny

About the show

Barrow Street presents the story of a young boy who attempts to cure his mother's depression by finding the best things in life. More…

'In Every Brilliant Thing,' a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.


Member Reviews (15)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Profound, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny
90
Avg Score

75
Absorbing, Clever, Poignant, Resonant, Endearing

See it if you like being reminded of what makes life worth living. EBT is touching, but not terribly profound or original. The acting was solid.

Don't see it if you want traditional theater. EBT is more like a lecture w/audience participation. It was captivating, but not ambitious. Not really a play.

Also I'm catching up on old reviews. While I was at EBT, I was engaged. But... Read more Read less

93
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you want to see a really unique, wonderful one man show. It's funny and heartbreaking. Very memorable.

Don't see it if don't want to see a play about depression, even a funny one.

90
Poignant, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in seeing a play with immense heart that tackles weighty topics like depression and suicide with a dash of humor.

Don't see it if you shy away from audience participation or don't enjoy one man shows.

90
Masterful, Heart-breaking, Profound, Funny, Absorbing

See it if personal memoir pieces move you. This is one of the best. It touches every emotion leaving you brilliantly short circuited by the end.

Don't see it if if you hate solo, audience interactive, shows dealing with depression. Then again, that's pretty much life. It's very funny and up-lifting.

97
Great acting, Great writing, Original, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You are, or want to be, a compassionate person. Don't be put off by "audience participation"- your minor moment helps make this show.

Don't see it if You confuse sensitivity with sentimentality and think audience participation must automatically be cringe-inducing or embarrassing.

100
Brilliant, Clever, Profound, Hilarious

See it if if you ever get the chance. It is brilliant, touching, funny, clever and more.

Don't see it if if you are uncomfortable with audience participation

Also I saw this show in Jan 2015. My note on the playbill I saved simply sa... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Original, Profound

See it if you want to see a "brilliant" one man show about depression, with beautiful audience participation. Extremely moving.

Don't see it if being asked to participate (in a small way, don't worry!) scares you, or if you're in the mood for a classic play. This is outside the box.

90
Intelligent, Profound, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be moved and impressed with the quickness and inventiveness of the telling.

Don't see it if you think gratitude is too touchy feeley.

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a moving show on depression, suicide, sadness in a clever one man monologue set up.

Don't see it if You need a specific fun plot, don't want to leave feeling a little sad or may drown after a little too much true-life misery retold

92
Delightful, Clever, Profound, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you enjoy intimate and interactive theater experiences.

Don't see it if you prefer big splashy numbers.

88
Moving, Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want an original, heart-felt approach to a one-person show. The incorporation of the audience was masterful, and the story was poignant.

Don't see it if you are particularly triggered by discussions of suicide.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy small, immersive theatre led by a solo act telling the story of depression, gratitude, and heart.

Don't see it if you hate audience participation. Odds are, you'll be asked to do some small part in the show like I was.

73
Confusing, Funny

See it if Clever.

Don't see it if A bit hard to follow

100
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a profound play about someone battling depression with humor.

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and happy.

83
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if You think the power of theater comes from it being live and the interaction between the stage and audience.

Don't see it if You are scared by participation, do not like one-person shows.


December 14th, 2014
"The reconfigured in-the-round theater exudes the intimacy of an informal living room. Mr. Donahoe presides over it as a host who is skilled in the art of disarming; he generates the illusion that he is somehow our acquaintance of long standing. This acuity and affability isn’t nearly as effortle...
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December 14th, 2014
"A theatrical candy cane: very sweet but tempered by sharpness and striped with bright nostalgia...Canes made of candy, it turns out, provide only so much support. But Macmillan’s slim, hour-long show works a gentle magic, thanks to Donahoe’s skill as a host."
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December 14th, 2014
"The two words I least want to hear in conjunction with a show I’m about to attend are audience participation...Every Brilliant Thing, a touching and unusual new work at the Barrow Street Theatre, is the exception that proves the rule."
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December 14th, 2014
"The two words I least want to hear in conjunction with a show I’m about to attend are audience participation...Every Brilliant Thing, a touching and unusual new work at the Barrow Street Theatre, is the exception that proves the rule."
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