Jonny Donahoe stars in the one-man play that recounts a life well lived in spite of a looming history of family suicide. The HBO documentary, “Every Brilliant Thing” made it’s world premiere this past Saturday at DOC NYC festival to rave reviews in the Big Apple and now the cable network has announced the premiere date for December 26th at 8PM ET.
Gay Star News reviewed the “cathartic journey.” Check it out:
Adapted from the original play by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Every Brilliant Thing offers a healing and cathartic look at one son’s strategy to deal with the depression and eventual suicide of his mother.
Written by Duncan Macmillan, and starring British comedian Jonny Donahoe, this deeply affecting film recounts a life lived in the shadow of suicide. A young boy attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses from childhood (Ice Cream) and adolescence (Star Trek), to college (Surprises) and marriage (Falling in Love). But when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to the son in ways that it could never be for the mother.
Filmed in 2015 at New York City’s Barrow Theatre, Every Brilliant Thing opens as Donahoe greets the arriving audience with hand-written notes instructing them to participate when called upon. From there, Donahoe proceeds to cast unsuspecting audience members into various roles – a veterinarian, his father, his college lecturer, his fiancée – working with them in such a welcoming atmosphere that they feel like natural performers. He then proceeds to tell a story spanning nearly three decades and several life-changing events, starting with a young boy’s eye-opening first brush with death (his childhood dog), evoking laughter and tears in equal measure.
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