POST: Every Brilliant Thing. How powerful can a list be?

 Jonny Donahoe in EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jonny Donahoe in EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Photo by Matthew Murphy

  1. This show is in my favorite theater: Barrow Street Theatre
  2. I like Barrow Street Theatre because my favorite play Tribes played there (I saw it last year)
  3. This show is about a man who makes a list of "all brilliant things" for his depressed and suicidal mother
  4. It’s weird in the beginning
  5. I’m sitting in the mezzanine level
  6. I’ve never been on this level in this theater before
  7. There are bars in front of me blocking the stage. But wait…
  8. There is no stage. No props. And some random guy is  handing out obscure pieces of paper
  9. It turns out those pieces of paper are things from the list
  10. It also turns out that the guy is an actor, the only actor
  11. The show is one big interactive monologue
  12. So I suppose it couldn’t be a monologue then?
  13. But he definitely knows where he is taking the show, so I would call it a monologue with bits of improvisation
  14. But whatever it is, it’s absolutely brilliant.
  15. He starts off from when he’s a little boy.
  16. He’s British
  17. He brings some random audience member to pretend to play a Vet to show us his first experience with death (Boney)
  18. He brings some random audience member to pretend to be his Dad
  19. Then some old people at the hospital
  20. Wait... are these people really just audience members?
  21. Then his school counselor
  22. Maybe they’re actors?
  23. His first girlfriend
  24. All this time…he’s takes us through this life
  25. All this time he has randomly shouted numbers out and from various areas in the audience prepared responses broke through
  26. Christopher Walken’s Voice
  27. Ice-cream
  28. Being able to pee in a pool
  29. Water-fights
  30. And a lot of times this list helped progress us through his life
  31. Liking someone who reads
  32. Liking someone who reads what you recommend
  33. Liking someone who likes you back
  34. Falling in Love
  35. Sex
  36. Getting married
  37. And it would be so nice if this was all the show was about
  38. A creative way to tell someone’s life story
  39. But there was more to it
  40. So much more
  41. We learned about his mother
  42. The effects a depressed mother can have on a child
  43. And the lovely thing is, he barely talked about his mother
  44. But you could see it
  45. You could hear it
  46. His entire being is an after-effect of exposure to depression
  47. But still
  48. He pulls through with this list
  49. When I was given my piece of paper I thought I had the highest number
  50. #2000: Coffee
  51. He made it to a million
  52. It was a struggle
  53. But he made it.
  54. Maybe we can all make it.
  Jonny Donahoe in EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jonny Donahoe in EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Photo by Matthew Murphy


$49 Tickets (Broadway Box)