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.

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Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

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Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Melissa Gilbert does a great job in a rather predictable one-woman show about the aftermath of divorce. Gilbert is charming and entertaining

Don't see it if Gilbert brings this character alive even though the play tip-toes through the rough patches but no worries there is light at the end.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

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

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

Fluffy, Sweet but insubstantial, Gilbert's likability keeps this afloat, Privileged princess awaiting rescue

See it if you want to see Melissa Gilbert live (she is comfortable to spend time w like an old friend). Well-meaning, but nothing else to recommend it

Don't see it if you'd find it difficult to watch a passive woman w/ no real identity apart from her husband not be able to move on unless she is rescued.

Also Dated, predictable. She hasn't been dumped, she's been liberated! (gro... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you want to rage over the injustice of a man wanting a divorce and the trials of figuring out who you are as a whole human being at 51.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a middle aged woman talking in the voice of a teenager and complaining about not looking like a teenager.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

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

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Solo shows.

Don't see it if Large productions.

Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like Melissa Gilbert and you have fond memories of House on the Prairie. She has great energy.

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows.

Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

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

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Are a fan of Melissa Gilbert. She did a wonderful job in this very touching one woman show about divorce and how it can affect you.

Don't see it if You are not into one person shows and are not into the topic of divorce.

Funny, Ok, Endless

See it if you are a fan of Melissa Gilbert or have been screwed in your divorce. This is a funny reflection of thinking your partner will be fair.

Don't see it if you do not like one woman shows or want to sit there for what seems an eternity....

Cliched, Entertaining, Engaging, Fluffy

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.

Funny, Resonant, Well acted, Charming, Entertaining

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.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if The acting was very good and showed a wide range of the star

Don't see it if The subject matter was very relevant to the news of today showing a woman who still clung to her marriage after husbands behavior

Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

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.

Relevant, Predictable, Unoriginal, Fine acting, Somewhat cliched

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.

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

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

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Resonant, Entertaining

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

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Melissa Gilbert did a great job of acting. This would appeal to those who want to travel with her through the travails of divorce.

Don't see it if If you don't like one person shows--although the actress brought other characters into the play with her impersonations.

Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love Melissa Gilbert. She's always lovely and entertaining and I enjoy seeing everything that she's in.

Don't see it if You want to see a serious show. While about a divorce, this show is fluffy and fun. The props and staging are minimal but effective.

Also If you're a Melissa Gilbert fan, definitely don't miss this. She's won... Read more Read less


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.

Dizzying, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, 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.

Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Cliched, Hilarious

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.

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You have any experience with the subject matter. To see a wonderful performance by Gilbert. To enjoy some great laughs. Great writing. Go!

Don't see it if If you have no experience in the travesty of divorce.If you can’t sit through slow periods. Any problems with sex or if suicide is a trigger

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