Every Brilliant Thing Reviews
Los Angeles Times- Recommended
"...The Geffen Playhouse production, directed by Colm Summers, is at once more abstract and more emotionally forthcoming. Isaac's smiling affability lends the piece a different tone than Donahoe's bashful bloke demeanor. Where Isaac seems to relish making contact with the audience, Donahoe proceeded with a sheepish grin, as though recognizing the mutual embarrassment in a performance that wore its melancholy like a second skin."
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
"...Director Summers helms the production with compassion – but also keeps things moving and often very amusing indeed. Isaac does a brilliant job of bringing this monolog to life with the aid of audience members – some of whom step right up and others who look very much like deer in the headlights – again adding to the gentle humor in the piece. Happily, Isaac has some latitude with specific lines, given the spontaneity and unexpected responses he must often deal with. At the same time, he must remain faithful to the script."
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
"...Originally conceived as a monologue written by Duncan Macmillan and later developed into a full length play co-written by Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing is a poignant but never sentimental love letter to life itself. The Geffen Playhouse’s production, directed by Colm Summers, is a funny, affecting, one-of-a-kind experience."