At the top of the play, David Kelly's character is seven years old and his mom is in the hospital. To cheer her up, he begins a list of every brilliant thing worth living for: Ice cream. Kung Fu movies. Burning things. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. And on and on. He leaves the list on his mom's pillow. He knows she has read it, because she's corrected his spelling. The list then takes on a life of its own in funny and heartwarming ways.
Directed by Caroline Shaffer, the play explores the lengths we go for those we love. It demands we pay attention — to ourselves, to the person in the next seat, across the aisle and beyond, and to the small things that bring us joy.
2 pm. Indoors at Grizzly Peak Winery. $30 tickets
Wed-Sun, Nov 30 - Dec 4
Tue-Sat, Dec 6 - 10
Talkbacks with the actor and director after shows on
Dec 1*, 6, & 7
Wed, Nov 30 Preview: $25 discounted tickets
*Thu, Dec 1 Opening: a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) in Medford, will be followed by wine and a talkback with the actor and director. $40 tickets
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...very charming…offers sentimentality without shame…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming. The script balances acuity and affability with unobtrusive artistry…captivating…
A heart-wrenching, hilarious play…One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see…There is something tough being confronted here—the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy—and it is explored with unflinching honesty. ~The Guardian (UK)
EVERY BRILLIANT THING finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it. ~The Independent (UK)