Off Broadway Review: Edinburgh Fringe Hit ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

December 15, 2014 3:00 AM

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Off Broadway Review: Edinburgh Fringe Hit ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Feeling blue? A little down in the dumps? Well, put down that straight razor and head over to the Barrow Street Theater, where a pudgy Brit comedian named Jonny Donahoe will give you a million reasons for not killing yourself. Penned by Duncan Macmillan, with assistance from Donahoe, “Every Brilliant Thing” is a concept show about a seven-year-old boy who pesters his suicidal mother with a list of all the joys worth living for. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, this weird little show is just what you’d expect from the Barrow Street gang.

Would-be suicides aren’t the only target audience for this oddity of a one-man show. Empty nesters, the recently bereaved and elderly subscription audiences are all fair game for the heart-tugging tale of a traumatized little boy who responds to his mother’s first (of three) suicide attempts by draw...

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