In an interview with The Guardian, playwright Duncan Macmillan said: “What I enjoy most as a theater maker and as an audience member, is getting my brain to do more than one thing at once.” This is one way Macmillan leads us into the style of storytelling he’s after in Every Brilliant Thing. The central thread (and threat) of the story centers around his mother’s long battle with depression, but that stands side by side with some of the most delightful, silly and buoyant aspects of life on earth.
“It’s the least cool piece of theater ever, in some ways” he said of Every Brilliant Thing. But it’s also one of the most democratic. There is something deliciously goofy about the format in which this story unfolds, but at the same time it is unabashedly life-affirming.
Enjoy the journey.