The Brick: A One Man Musical

solo performance · bill berry · Ages 13+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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Review by JIM DEAN

June 18, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: great · funny · moving · clever · revelatory.

What I liked

I especially liked that the songs I knew suddenly had more depth. Each one offered a clever story or snippet from Bill’s life. But when these pieces all fit together, they create more complete and complex picture of Bill’s life. These aren’t strung together to make up a story; these songs tell the story. We understand why Bill wrote them in the first place. An unexpected story of forgiveness, understanding and acceptance.

What I didn't like


My overall impression

I’ve known Bill for many years and I have heard many of these songs. To hear them and his newer songs in the context of this play was an entirely different, revelatory experience. The premise of the show, a final farewell, is serious, but the play is alternately funny, clever and very moving. Bill does a great job performing the songs (of course), but also effortlessly carries the show. Kelly De Sarla, the director, has shaped a very tight performance. An excellent show that should be seen by everyone. I hope it gets an extended run!

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