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Celebrate Canada Day with some outdoor theatre


PHOTO BY KAREN BURGAN

Daniel Brochu plays The Narrator in the upcoming presentation of Every Brilliant Thing being put on by the Hudson Village Theatre in conjunction with The Greenwood Centre for Living History beginning June 30.


After an extended COVID hiatus, the Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) is slowly opening up. Their first production starts June 30 and they have partnered with Greenwood Centre for Living History to present the play in their magnificent garden by the lake.

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, and directed by Dean Patrick Fleming, will take place at Greenwood, 254 Main Road, for a limited run outdoor performance from June 30 to July 10. Since its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, Every Brilliant Thing has gone on to Broadway and has been performed from the Isle of Eigg to South Korea. All presented by one performer (The Narrator), Every Brilliant Thing follows the Narrator's journey into understanding the impact of depression while also celebrating everything that makes life worth living. Danny Brochu (last seen in 2018's 'Art' at HVT) takes on the role of the Narrator in this one-man show.

As described by The Segal Centre in Montreal, “Hugs, the smell of old books, a hairdresser who listens to what you want… The colour yellow, roller coasters, ice cream — as a mother battles chronic depression, a child creates a list of every brilliant thing they can think of, to remind them what makes life worth living. As the child grows, so does the list. Looking back on a life of ups and downs, the man takes the audience on an inspiring journey that celebrates finding joy in the mundane and being grateful for the simple pleasures hiding all around us. At once intimate and interactive, this touching, funny, and uplifting performance chronicles life’s small joys and reveals the lengths to which we will go for those we love.”

The Guardian describes it as, “…heart-wrenching, hilarious…one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression– and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”

Dates and showtimes are: Wednesday, June 30, 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 1, 4 p.m.; Friday, July 2, 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, July 7, 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 8, 4 p.m.; Saturday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Tickets are 25$ and can only be purchased by contacting the Village Theatre Box Office directly by phone (450) 458-5361 or email: hvtbox@villagetheatre.ca. Seating is limited.

Every Brilliant Thing was produced in association with The Segal Centre.


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