My Brilliant Divorce
My Brilliant Divorce
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My Brilliant Divorce NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
23%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Delightful

About the Show

Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert stars in this one-woman comic drama that explores how to cope when the world you have built comes crashing spectacularly down.

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Member Reviews (66)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
86
Engaging, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Relevant

See it if Gilbert gives a great, very funny and believable performance is this really well written one-woman play.Great direction.Very relevant themes

Don't see it if Sets are very sparse though she makes use of the entire stage and several little props. It never gets dull. Read more

880 Reviews | 1014 Followers
80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Relatable

See it if You enjoy solo shows. A very authentic look at what happens & how one feels after a relationship ends. Gilbert is wonderful in this.

Don't see it if You dislike 1 person shows or plays with simple staging.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
70
Great acting, Amusing, Intelligent, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if the story of a woman forced to mature when her fickle husband forces a divorce interests you. It is told with charm and some humor.

Don't see it if you believe in the title. It is not a brilliant divorce. The beginning sets up an expectation of liberation but it fails to deliver.

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
73
Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched, Engaging

See it if you want to see a grown-up Melissa Gilbert act out grown-up issues in a safe, pleasant, winsome solo show about a "woman of a certain age".

Don't see it if you expect to see or hear anything new or original about the timeworn tale of the privileged woman scorned & "finding herself" post-divorce.

639 Reviews | 127 Followers
83
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Love the way she imitated characters telling her story, it funny too. It about breaking up that anybody can relate to.

Don't see it if Not alot of things going on stage. It's talking.

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
81
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Melissa Gilbert stars in solo show moving on as a divorcee from a bad Brit and multiple characters advising. Talented and likable actor.

Don't see it if one person centerstage reflecting on a bad marriage.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
25
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Indulgent

See it if I would not recommend seeing this. Felt v. long although was 90 minutes no intermission. Hard to stay awake. Strange messages conveyed.

Don't see it if I don't understand how this got produced. The play itself is boring, why are we being told this story? It has nothing new to add. Read more

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
69
Disappointing, Gilbert has her charms but is miscast here.

See it if You like MG's charisma, She stays watchable, but is too sweet in dull script w directorial missteps. A familiar divorce tale w nothing new

Don't see it if Are easily distracted/annoyed by bizarre staging, inexplicable props, a dated script, & stage business that's fussy, incoherent & just weird Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

Time Out New York
March 20th, 2018

"Grappling with midlife 'conscious uncoupling' promises to unleash all sorts of demons in 'My Brilliant Divorce.' That no monsters end up appearing in this potentially hilarious vehicle for a woman of a certain age has everything to do with Melissa Gilbert’s miscasting...Gilbert comes off as a sweet shiksa milquetoast, knocked flat by the sudden turn of events but without a proportionate sense of rage; she is delightfully engaging, but has none of the conspiratorial vengeance one craves."
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Theatermania
March 21st, 2018

"Aron exploits much of her heroine's misery for laughs...The show's stereotypes and caricatures are even more discomfiting...A generally buoyant performance. Gilbert's ease onstage gets her laughs out of decrepit jokes...She relies more on charisma than range...Changes from one character to another are usually signaled through her voice, not her body. While she does credible accents, the overall effect is closer to new characters appearing in an audiobook than on a stage."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 21st, 2018

"A scrapbook of scenes you've witnessed many times before...So much of 'My Brilliant Divorce' plays like an extended comedy routine that when Aron tries to introduce more serious moments, they feel out of place...Melissa Gilbert isn't really the kind of New York wisecracker specified in the script, but she is pleasant company and has certain strengths, including a genuine sense of vulnerability...The mildly diverting script should be much cleverer to justify this trip over familiar terrain."
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TheaterScene.net
March 21st, 2018

"The enchanting Melissa Gilbert’s hilarious and touching performance as a newly single woman is showcased in 'My Brilliant Divorce,' a sparkling solo play...Recalls the spirit and achievements of Neil Simon at the height of his powers...Sharp humor, precise details and focused structure...Melissa Gilbert’s brilliance combined with Geraldine Aron’s delightful writing and the exceptional production all make 'My Brilliant Divorce' an upbeat entertainment of substance."
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