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My Brilliant Divorce

From 66 member  reviews
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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Rachel Lipsky Haringay is divorced and abandoned by her irritatingly round-headed husband of many years after he discloses his Argentine lover, "Rosa the Posa." Now alone in London, Rachel is left to deal with an empty nest, a disapproving mother, a misogynist lawyer, some dubious counselors, a bad case of hypochondria and the specter of poverty. With only the family dog Axal for company, Rachel mourns her marriage, picks up the pieces, and learns to live whole again.


Member Reviews (66)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Delightful
74
Avg Score

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.

Also This was a very engaging play. Time flew by. ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

Also If a play is engaging in a variety of ways I am less apt to focus on w... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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

Also Gilbert is an acting pro, and recovered gracefully from some bungled l... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You’d like to see Melissa Gilbert portray a woman of a certain age dealing with the impact of divorce.

Don't see it if You don’t like a one woman show or a few Britishisms.

59
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Nice to see Melissa Gilbert however the play was lacking in focus . Difficult to stay with the character.

Don't see it if If you do not like a slow solo show.

77
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a one woman show about divorce and the single life after divorce. You like Melissa Gilbert. You want to have some laughs.

Don't see it if You don't like one person (woman) shows. You do not want to hear about a 40 something year old woman and her divorce and life after divorce.

65
Somewhat cliched, Fine acting, Relevant, Unoriginal, Predictable

See it if you like a one show about her journey from marriage, divorce, single life, self doubts and renewal with fine acting.

Don't see it if you desire a story that is original with new perceptions rather than something that has been "done" many times before.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you'd like to see a very relatable Ms. Gilbert on stage. She's a charming, confident storyteller who holds our interest—few slow spots aside

Don't see it if solo format, minimal set, or mostly fluffy content would irk you, tho you'll likely come away smiling & won over by a scrappy performance

62
Misast

See it if Melissa Gilbert has a great voice and she commits to the performance, Funny at times but also pathetic. Color palette was odd.

Don't see it if you are looking for an upbeat story, it's a sad expression of loneliness and aging.

83
Absorbing, Funny, Enchanting, Hilarious, Cliched

See it if If you want to see Melissa Gilbert in a one woman show, deal with divorce and being single over 40. The humor is fitting.

Don't see it if You dislike one woman shows.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you like Melissa Gilbert and want to see her give this one woman show her all.

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows and you want to see a new theme for a play about divorce.

Also Ms. Gilbert was a delight.

69
Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You like 1 women shows about divorce And Middle age. In an intimate setting in 90 minutes

Don't see it if You want a deep or big production extravaganza

60
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a Melissa Gilbert fan...

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

100
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You adore Melissa Gilbert. This solo show is very funny with thought-provoking moments. Staging very interesting. Melissa is captivating

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows

65
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Good to the very last drop

See it if You like one wo(man) shows and like to watch one actor play several characters.

Don't see it if Divorce is too long and not always interesting but the end is very effective and affecting.

85
Well acted, Charming, Entertaining, Funny, Resonant

See it if Gilbert is terrific as the middle aged suddenly solo gal forced to find herself after many years of being a wife/mother. It's 1 womans tale

Don't see it if You wouldn't enjoy a small story replete w/self a self conscious lead who's unsure "what's next " & what to do w/herself "now". Charming.

50
Good acting, Good concept, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Melissa Gilbert is charming, but suffers at the hands of the script. Rachel, her character, is self-pitying and lacks self-awareness.

Don't see it if You enjoy characters who make developmental progress. The ending seems random and unearned.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you’d enjoy touching performance by Melissa Gilbert as she shows us a glimpse of vulnerability and misery of going through unwanted divorce.

Don't see it if you don’t like one woman shows, topic of divorce/infidelity or struggles of divorcees or if you only enjoy big productions & elaborate sets.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like one-woman shows; if you've ever been dumped; if putting one's life back together is interesting to you

Don't see it if You want a play with characters and action and music

Also This was so believable I thought the actress was telling her own story... Read more Read less

67
Great acting, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if if you adore Melissa Gilbert. She does a fabulous job with a trite story and an irrational self pitying protagonist.

Don't see it if you want a story line that is innovative or new or enlightening.


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 sw...
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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 anoth...
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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 scrip...
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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...
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