Every Brilliant Thing, starring Kevin Loomer, is adapted by playwright Duncan McMillan from his own short story “Sleeve Notes.” British comedian Jonny Donahue, who originated the role, shares in the writing credit. The play’s title refers to a list — of everything wonderful in the world — that the narrator writes in response to his mother attempting suicide. He starts the list at age seven with items like “ice cream” and “staying up past your bedtime,” and as the narrator grows older, the list grows longer.
The play’s story spans nearly three decades and several life-changing events, evoking laughter and tears in equal measure. The play has received critical acclaim in London, Edinburgh, and Off-Broadway in New York City.
Every Brilliant Thing invites some audience participation, primarily through asking people to read a few words aloud during the performance from slips of paper they are given as they enter the theater. A few audience members are incorporated into scenes, with the actor doing the heavy lifting. The play will be performed “in the round” with on-stage seating.