As it turns out, there are a million and two brilliant things in Black Box Theatre’s current production of “Every Brilliant Thing.”
There are the million things in the list that is central to the play, there is the fact that this production marks the return of live theater to Las Cruces and there is the performance by Autumn Gieb.
This is a one-woman show, and brilliant is the word for Gieb’s work. She is in full command of her character and she owns every inch of the stage from the moment she steps on it.
Gieb’s character is also the show’s narrator, drawing many audience members into the performance (staying safely in their seats), including theater owners Ceil and Peter Herman. Ceil, who directed the play, plays a school counselor and voices a sock puppet.
Ceil and Peter had been part of rehearsals for the play, but the rest of us in the audience didn’t know what lines we might be asked to recite or ad lib. It added sparkle and spontaneity to the already highly polished production.
It also added another dimension to Gieb’s performance. She sometimes waited for a response from an audience member, sometimes encouraged it and always seamlessly incorporated whatever she got into the scene. Gieb was never rattled, never thrown off, never pulled out of character. This is her Gieb’s show, and she is outstanding.
This is a play about coping with a loved one’s severe depression and attempted suicide. Its message is relevant and stark. Its story might make you cry a bit; it certainly will make you laugh. Its star is brilliant.
All state public health orders will be complied with throughout the production, including 33 percent theater capacity. All audience members are required to wear masks throughout the performance.
The production also includes an art show, “The Turquoise Invitational,” in Black Box Theatre’s
Remaining performances are 8 p.m. Fridays, June 18 and 25, and Saturdays, June 19 and 26; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, June 20 and 27; and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for the Thursday night performance only.
Call 575-523-1223 for tickets and more information. Visit http://no-strings.org/.