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Every Brilliant Thing
a One Woman Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Duncan McMillan with Jonny Donahoe

COMPANY : Staged Right Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Hanarry Swim and Racquet Club [WEBSITE]
ID# 5420

SHOWING : January 11, 2019 - January 20, 2019

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A one-person play, delicately performed by Amy Serafin, detailing the poignant story of an individual dealing with the sadness and loneliness of having a mother suffering from manic-depression and her attempts at and ultimate death by suicide. After her first attempt the child, then age seven, was simply told by Dad, "Your mother’s done something stupid." In an attempt to make Mom feel better, that very night the child started compiling a list of Every Brilliant Thing in the world; a list which took over 30 years to complete. Ultimately, it is a story of hope as "the list" helps the child, now an adult, realize, "...in order to live in the present we have to be able to imagine a future that will be better than the past."


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jim Nelson
Cast Amy Serafin
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REVIEWS

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Things to Consider
by playgoer
Monday, January 14, 2019
4.0
"Every Brilliant Thing" contains a lot of audience participation. Most of it consists of reading numbered selections from a master list. Some lucky individuals are brought onstage, and a couple of audience members need to ad lib interactions as the characters they’ve been assigned. In an hour-long, one-person show, the interactions add variety and interest.

Jim Nelson has directed the sole cast member, Amy Serafin, to keep the show both loose (to accommodate audience interaction) and focused (to emphasize the emotional arc of her character). While written for a British male, the role works remarkably well for an American woman, with even a few Atlanta references thrown in for good measure. Ms. Serafin is approachable, funny, and touching all at once.

There isn’t much of a physical production. Spencer Estes’ set design consists just of black curtains and a bench and a small bookcase to accommodate the numerous props by Sharon Bower. The props, not restricted to the numerous slips of paper on which list items are scrawled, flesh out the production nicely.

This is a fine production of a slight, tender story. The one thing it truly needs is AUDIENCES. Go. You’ll have a good time. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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