Windy City Playhouse is thrilled to announce the extension of Duncan Macmillan’s critically-acclaimed one-person show, “Every Brilliant Thing” at Windy City Playhouse South (2229 S. Michigan Ave.). “Every Brilliant Thing” follows the protagonist as she guides the audience through a story of finding the things that make life worth living in the face of her mother's depression. In keeping with the original production and Windy City Playhouse’s immersive style, the show offers a unique opportunity for audience members to participate in the story. For tickets and more information, please visit www.WindyCityPlayhouse.com or call (773) 891-8985.
“Every Brilliant Thing,” a funny and heartfelt personal chronicle of life's joys, received four stars from Chris Jones with the Chicago Tribune who said the show is “the most delightful show of the fall.” The Chicago Sun-Times called the play, “masterful” and WTTW said the play is a, “marvel” and that “Windy City has proven itself to be a master of ‘immersive theater.’”
The Guardian called “Every Brilliant Thing” “a heart-wrenching, hilarious play… possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” The New York Times raved “in the face of great loss and depression, a real effort of will is required to recall why it’s worth continuing with life. That will is the force that animates ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ and keeps it afloat for the captivating hour of its duration.” The 2014 Barrow Street production of “Every Brilliant Thing” starring Jonny Donahoe was filmed for an HBO Documentary that same year.
"Within 10 minutes of watching ‘Every Brilliant Thing,’ I had fallen in love. Everyone in the room was part of this beautiful whirlwind of a quest to define and seek out brilliance, or more bluntly, a reason to live,” said Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein. “After watching the engagement of these audience members, we immediately set on a quest of our own, to gain the rights to produce ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ That was not easy, but after two years of nagging and pushing, we did it! It tickles me to think about sharing this BRILLIANT experience with our audiences."
The Playhouse invites audience members to be a part of the action through brief, optional audience participation. While guests will be seated for the entirety of the production, there will be moments for them to be briefly cast in the play in collaboration with the Narrator.
Tickets ($55-$75) for “Every Brilliant Thing” are on sale now through Dec. 15, 2019 and can be purchased in-person at the Windy City Playhouse Box Office, by visiting WindyCityPlayhouse.com or by calling (773) 891-8985.
The performance schedule for “Every Brilliant Thing” is as follows: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets ($55-$75) are now on sale.
About Windy City Playhouse
Windy City Playhouse is a professional theater and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located on Chicago's northwest side. Premiering in March of 2015 with a mission to present contemporary, relevant, and approach art, the Playhouse has quickly become a mainstay of the Chicago theater scene. In 2018, its runaway hit, the immersive SOUTHERN GOTHIC, solidified the Playhouse as the first choice in Chicago theater for one-of-a-kind audience experience. "Experience driven. Audience first."
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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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