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 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (53)

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235 Reviews | 232 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Original

See it if Powerful. Engaging. Amazing.

Don't see it if If you are homophobic.

548 Reviews | 1899 Followers
Original, Profound, Must see, Masterful

See it if Brilliant. Moving, Stirring. Brilliant

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

90 Reviews | 40 Followers
Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

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.

111 Reviews | 208 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

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


57 Reviews | 22 Followers
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you are interested in LGBT youth or if you want to see a crazy kaleidoscope of characters all presented by one actor/playwright!

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows.

88 Reviews | 37 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

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.

614 Reviews | 148 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.

260 Reviews | 62 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Memorable

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

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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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

"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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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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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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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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July 28th, 2015

"'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelke'y should be on your short list of Off-Broadway plays to be seen this summer. It is an absorbing, poignant and cleverly conceived one-man/multi-character play. I can urge even to those who avoid one-person shows not to miss this heart-breaking story."
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