“A perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.”

~ The Independent (London)

Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting.”

~ The Telegraph

A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living.”

~ The Scotsman

Genuinely wonderful and life-affirming. It is impossible not to love.”

~ A Younger Theatre

Filled to the brim with joy… beautiful, heart-wrenching, and very funny.”

~ Time Out London
Performance Dates

Every Brilliant Thing

The Village
1920 A Avenue • Kearney, Nebraska

Summer 2021

A kid makes a list for his mom. A list of everything worth living for in the world.  1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. He needs her to read the list so she doesn’t try to leave the world again. As the kid grows up and experiences more life, more love, and more loss, his list gets longer and more vital with each addition. Every Brilliant Thing is sad, but it is also gloriously funny and exceptionally warm. It’s a show that spells out a little of what depression can do to people, but it also highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday. Presented at The Village in downtown Kearney, Every Brilliant Thing is a must-see for audiences of all ages. 



Technical Director
Master Carpenter / Master Electrician
Stage Manager
Assistant Technical Director
Props Designer

Special Collaborations

Crane River Theater is honored to collaborate with the Buffalo County Community Partners Hope and Healing organizations (Central Nebraska Loss Team, McKenna’s Rae of Hope Foundation, and the Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board) and Central Region Early Learning Connection for additional special performances of Every Brilliant Thing.

Please contact these organizations for details.

Lincoln Performance

We are excited to partner with Blixt Locally Grown and Mourning Hope to present Every Brilliant Thing in Lincoln at The Mill Coffee & Bistro on Innovation Campus!

Presented by Blixt Locally Grown, in partnership with The Mill Coffee & Bistro on Innovation Campus

Saturday May 29, 2021
$20 Ticket Only/$32 Ticket + appetizer & drink

For Tickets, please visit https://www.blixt.space/blixt-tickets.html#/

Join us after the performance for a post-show panel discussion and Q & A with representatives from local organizations specializing in mental health, grief, and suicide. This will be a time to reflect on the performance and connect to community resources.

Crane River Theater is grateful for the support of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition for sponsoring Every Brilliant Thing performances and special presentations.

Our Generous Sponsors