Like a Horse and Carriage

As the battle for nationwide same-sex marriage rages on, much has been made of the 1,138 federal rights, protections, and responsibilities granted to married couples and not civil unions, according to the National Organization for Women. But the more states that allow gay marriage, the more comedians downplay it: If heterosexual marriage sucks so bad, why do gays even want it? James Braly isn't a comedian, per se -- he’s a monologist and a frequent contributor to the public radio program This American Life. But he's also been the victim of a Marriage From Hell, wedding himself to a woman who grew more and more eccentric with every anniversary. Braly turned his 20 years of batshit monogamy into the hit one-man show "Life in a Marital Institution," which ran for 120 performances in New York City before touring. In it, Braly lends his breathy NPR tenor to what is undoubtedly the funniest theater piece ever set near a woman's hospice deathbed. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets are $35. Call 561-832-7469 or visit
Fri., April 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 28, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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John Thomason
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