News > Spoleto 2016 Review: Every Brilliant Thing

every-brilliant-thing_24047488111_oBy Helen Wolfe | Images courtesy Spoleto Festival USA

Ice cream. Things with stripes. Roller coasters. People falling over. Jonny Donahoe, the unnamed narrator of Every Brilliant Thing, creates a list of “brilliant things” after his mother’s first suicide attempt and bout of depression to remind her that there are things in life worth living for and continues this list for two decades.

Staged in-the-round with no visible set pieces, the audience is immediately an integral and welcome part of the show. In addition to being called upon to read “brilliant things” aloud from slips of paper handed to the before the show began, audience members are picked throughout the 75-minute production to play important roles in re-enactments of the narrator’s life: the veterinarian who teaches him about death when he puts his beloved dog, Sherlock Bones, to sleep; the primary school counselor who talks to him through a sock puppet about what it’s like to feel sad and depressed; his college lecturer who introduces him to the Werther Effect (the phenomenon that behaviors are copied between humans by ideas they experience in media); and his love interest (and future wife) Sam who teaches him what true love and loss are. The production feels more like a group therapy session than anything else.
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But the audience hasn’t always played a crucial part.
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The play began its life as a monologue called Sleeve Notes penned by Duncan Macmillian, then became an art installation, then was co-scripted into this play by Donahoe and Macmillan. It was performed at the Ludlow Fringe Festival in 2013 and went on to complete two UK tour’s in addition to runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and New York’s Barrow Street Theatre.

Minimal sound and props are used, making the deliberate choices the team makes even more powerful. Donahoe’s character would be proud that the story has taken on a vibrant life of its own, inspiring audience members to think of what they would put on their own brilliant list. The character says in the play, “If you haven’t been crushingly depressed you probably haven’t been paying attention.” If you haven’t been inspired to look at life differently by this production you probably haven’t been paying attention.
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Posted on June 9, 2016 by admin.

Categories: Performing Arts, Review

Tags: Every Brilliant Thing, Jonny Donahoe

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