Theater Preview: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (Streaming at 92Y)

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by Tony Frankel on June 4, 2020

in Theater-New York

ABSOLUTELY BRIGHT INDEED

Available now at 92Y, here’s is a can’t-miss piece of pride — and handily one of the best solo shows I’ve seen in years: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Oscar winner Lecesne’s monologue play, seen Off-Broadway and around the country, recounts the story of a small Jersey shore town as they struggle to comprehend the mysterious disappearance of a teenager. With each character portrayed by Lecesne, the play shines a light on the loss of the tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant Leonard. In honor of Pride Month, New York’s 92Y, in association with Daryl Roth and Darren Bagert, will stream a 2016 performance, which will be available for free throughout the entire month of June. The production was directed by Tony Speciale with original music by Tony-winning composer¬†Duncan Sheik¬†(Spring Awakening).

photo of James Lecesne by Matthew Murphy

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