Award-winning storyteller James Lecesne's solo show about a small Jersey Shore town where a young boy goes missing. More…
In 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pekley,' Lecesne takes on every character in a small Jersey shore town, where Leonard, an optimistic and flamboyant 14-year-old, goes missing. He becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens reflect upon his life, their interactions with him, and come to question their own lifestyles.
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.
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
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.
See it if You enjoy one actor shows done right, are ok with being emotionally vulnerable while watching
Don't see it if I can't think of a good reason not to see this play
See it if you like terrific acting, an absorbing tale of a gay 14-yr-old boy & the townsfolk who appreciate him plus the sad fact of hate and fear.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate brilliant acting and writing, in this case by James Lecesne creating multiple characters.
See it if you'd like a mystery about a very out gay teen.
Don't see it if don't like one-man shows. It drags a bit (no pun intended), and the novel fills in more of the story.
See it if you want to see a masterclass in character acting, or if you want a good introduction to solo shows.
Don't see it if you already know you hate solo shows (though, really, this one is a good one!)
See it if you're looking for an amazing oneman show. it's almost over GO SEE IT!! he is so talented, the writing and staging are epic. amazing amazing
Don't see it if THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO GO. GO SEE IT BEFORE IT CLOSES!!
See it if you want to see a very talented actor tell a good story from the viewpoint of several characters
Don't see it if You need a lot of bells and whistles in a show
See it if you want a positive message despite/predicated upon a senseless crime via charismatic storytelling in a streamlined one-man-show. Uplifting.
Don't see it if you want bells & whistles with your production. This show is ideally suited for portability, i.e. traveling to youth centers or campuses.
See it if you want to see a transcendent performance by James Lecesne. The story and performance were simultaneously uplifting and devastating.
Don't see it if You hate children, gays, or one-person shows. This is an absolute gem of a show, and if it gets any future re-mountings RUN, DON'T WALK.
See it if You are interested in the experiences of marginalized youth and also appreciative of an amazingly talented actor/writer.
Don't see it if You are not culturally enlightened or compassionate about marginalized youth.
See it if you want to see one man create many unforgettable characters.
Don't see it if you don't want to see one man create many unforgettable characters.
See it if You want to see a great one man show. Seriously, the actor was fantastic slipping into each character flawlessly.
Don't see it if It's pretty heavy without giving anything away, the subject matter is not for everyone.
See it if you appreciate good writing/storytelling; a strong solo performance; and entertainment with a relevant message and heartfelt energy.
Don't see it if you only like big musicals or famous stars; are looking for an edgy drama, or can't overlook a few flaws (though the message compensates).