My Brilliant Divorce
West Village
74

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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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

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.

Critic Reviews (4)

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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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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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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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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