The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
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The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey NYC Reviews and Tickets

(53 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Award-winning storyteller James Lecesne's solo show about a small Jersey Shore town where a young boy goes missing.

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Member Reviews (53)

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982 Reviews | 343 Followers
Quirky, Disappointing, Well acted, Poorly plotted, Engaging

See it if you like being told a story, even if weak-plotted. Characters were vivid, the acting effective, but the story didn't work. Best for YA.

Don't see it if you have high standards. There are better solo shows. Not a disaster, but not fully satisfying. The message to be yourself is obvious. Read more

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to understand the complications humans endure.

Don't see it if you think that everything is black or white.

546 Reviews | 1879 Followers
Original, Profound, Must see, Masterful

See it if Brilliant. Moving, Stirring. Brilliant

Don't see it if Don't miss it.

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
Brings dead back to life, Compelling one-man show

See it if you like a tour-de-force one-person show transmitting a well-told tale

Don't see it if you want to see a complex production where sparks fly, that requires a multiplicity of actors

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see incredible acting

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, even if it is unlike any other one man show you've ever seen.

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a remarkable solo performance.

Don't see it if you can't abide one-person shows.

291 Reviews | 708 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if You want to see a one man show about inclusion and embracing differences, with a strong statement against bullying and a light, loving touch

Don't see it if You're a homophobe.

235 Reviews | 230 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Original

See it if Powerful. Engaging. Amazing.

Don't see it if If you are homophobic.

Critic Reviews (28)

Time Out New York
July 27th, 2015

"The antibullying message is beyond reproach, and it pulls heartstrings successfully. But the characters are familiar and often bluntly drawn, and the central mystery lacks depth and suspense. A blend of 'Law & Order,' 'The Laramie Project' and 'Encyclopedia Brown,' the play does not sprout far enough beyond its teen-lit roots."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 27th, 2015

"There’s not much mystery here, nor much drama of any other sort. Instead, we get a series of amusing if sometimes too cute impersonations of people...If the play weren’t so sincere, you’d have to laugh. As it is, you simply disengage from the story, refocusing on the technique. And though Lecesne is an experienced storyteller, the genre needs more than mimicry to achieve expressiveness."
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 27th, 2015

"There's so much to admire about 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' that one practically feels guilty for not liking it more. James Lecesne's solo play is clearly a labor of love, and the writer-actor, playing nearly a dozen characters, delivers a tour-de-force performance. But for all its good intentions, the piece feels thin and formulaic."
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July 27th, 2015

"Not all of the characters are convincing, but what they have to say about Leonard is very interesting, indeed...Although we never actually meet Leonard but come to know him from the fond memories of his neighbors, he seems very much alive."
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New York Post
July 27th, 2015

"Lecesne delivers a message of acceptance without being preachy. Intimate and affectionate, 'Absolute Brightness' is about the difference one person can make — and perhaps, with any luck, one show."
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New York Daily News
July 27th, 2015

"COLORFUL CHARACTERS spill out of James Lecesne, like the door to central casting...Each plays a role in Lecesne’s engrossing and touching one-man work...Lecesne crafts an airtight 75-minute story about tolerance, evil and legacy...'Leonard Pelkey' is streaked with darkness, but Lecesne shines bright."
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July 27th, 2015

"Exquisitely acted, beautifully written, and thoroughly facile new solo play...The story is as sympathetic as it is predictable, leaving the viewer with the hollow feeling of having one's beliefs reinforced, but not challenged...It's just not adding much to the conversation. A writer and performer as transfixing as Lescene has the ability to challenge us to dig much deeper."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 27th, 2015

"James Lecesne is a fascinating compilation of talent in this solo show...Lecesne has a special aptitude for morphing genuinely into the various characters he portrays with ease, wit and a serious intent that make his points vivid and meaningful...Lecesne’s message rings loud and truthfully. Directed with great precision by Tony Speciale."
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