Event By: Theatre Guild of Ancon
Event Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 8:00pm to Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:30pm
Event Location: Theatre Guild of Ancon, Panama City, Panama
Directors, Producers & Cast: Giancarlo Benedetti & Rob Getman
Author: Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
Shows: October 24 (English), 25 (Spanish), 26 (English), 27 (Spanish), at 8:00 p.m.
Price of Tickets: $15.00 online and $18.00 at the box office
Buy tickets online: https://anconguild.com/
More information at: facebook.com/TheatreGuildOfAncon
A charming, intelligent production that balances both humor and sensitivity as it grapples with clinical depression and using pure whimsy to fight it. A young man burns with embarrassment when his life’s work is accidentally discovered. This is a list, started at the age of seven, of everything that makes life worth living. It begins with ice cream, ranks Danger Mouse above spaghetti Bolognese, and finds room for guilty delights (“people falling over”) and intimate confidences (someone “to check your teeth for broccoli”). Now exposed, though, it seems simple and naive: a trivial way to save a life. A litany of brilliant things is an understandably childlike response to the “first attempt” the narrator’s mother makes at suicide – an act that he can barely understand. Through various life stages, from elementary school to college, marriage to mortgage, this list grows to fairytale proportions, in towers of paper and blizzards of Post-it notes. And though the narrator is never certain if it moves his mother, he has innumerable allies in his audience.
It’s not for nothing that this story is threaded through with humor and music, nor that the narrator finds such pleasure in his father’s vinyl collection. In the end, you realize, his list is not an incentive for life, but a record of living, and the audience finds itself keen to add to it. The overall message of “Every Brilliant Thing” is that life will always get better and that suicide is never the answer to your problems.