How often have you been driving home from a gathering and, turning to your partner or spouse, had a few tragic laughs at the expense of a particularly dysfunctional couple who'd put their trainwreck of a dynamic on display? James Braly tells hilarious tales from inside just such a relationship in his hit off-Broadway show called Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour).
The This American Life contributor brings his critically acclaimed one-man show to the ArtsCenter for one laugh-and-tear-filled night. Braly's improbable framing device is a visit to his dying sister in a hospice, where she reconsiders whether or not she would dodge death by trading places with him because of his disastrous marriage. The skilled raconteur dishes up juicy tales of infidelity, difficult childbirth and even higher bumps in the road with quick-moving, self-deprecating wit. Braly is a two-time winner of the Moth GrandSLAM Storytelling Competition and has toured this show around the country since last summer. Afterward, you might tell your partner, "Thank God we aren't like that"—or you might call a divorce lawyer. —Chris Vitiello