“You might think a play about depression and suicide couldn’t possibly be funny—but Dezart Performs’ season-ending production of Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe, is chock full of laughs. Or course, it has its tragic moments as well.
This production is a departure, of sorts, for Dezart Performs and artistic director Michael Shaw. First, it is performed in the round, with the action in the center of the room, surrounded by the audience. Second, Every Brilliant Thing, directed by Deborah Harmon, is quite interactive: From the moment audience members walk in, they are drawn into the action. The Storyteller (Joel Bryant) welcomes everyone, like the host at a large cocktail party. He hands people small slips of paper with words or short phrases on them. We’re told these will be pivotal throughout the evening…”