Every Brilliant Thing
A comedy by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe, directed by Argo Thompson
November 24 - December 9, 2018
Humorous and poignant, the story of a young boy who attempts to ease his mother’s depression by starting an enormous running list of everything worth living for.
You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy so you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.
Note: Every Brilliant Thing is a special event at Left Edge Theatre and is available as an add-on to the season subscription package.
"Every Brilliant Thing finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.
"What Macmillan offers, with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs, is a child's fierce, flawed attempt to make sense of adult unhappiness and a meditation on the shadow that a loved one's depression casts over the lives of a family.
"...very charning....offers a sentimentality without shame...guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming...[The script] balance[s] acuity and affability...with unobtrusive artistry...captivating..."
—New York Times
"Every Brilliant Thing is sad, but it is also gloriously funny and exceptionally warm. It's a show that spells out a little of what depression can do to people, but ut also highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday."
“A heart-wrenching, hilarious play...One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression — and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”
“Deeply personal. I defy anyone not to laugh and cry."