PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new play at the Wilma Theater is a compact, hourlong drama by writer-monologist James Braly, who insists he’s never lived in what he calls a “quiet” house.
What we have here is Braly’s narrative of the rise and fall of his romance and marriage, along with stormy matters relating to family and friends. And he insists that although he’s critical of his outspoken wife, he’s equally critical of himself.
We have a parade of therapists and counselors, including an overworked matter concerning a family member’s placenta eventually pan-roasted.
While Braly is clever at hamming up the mechanics of life, he’s reluctant to pad his own observations, which are probably as basic as one can get in live theatre.
“Life In A Marital Institution,” subtitled “20 Years of MonogamyIn One Terrifying Hour,” premiered at the Edinburgh Festival followed by sold-out performances in New York. After it departs of The Wilma on July 16th, it’s set for a national tour.
Reviewed by Bob Nelson, KYW Newsradio 1060