A secret ‘guilty pleasure’ of mine: indulgently eating a pint of haagen dazs Rocky Road ice cream, while watching re-run after re-run of HBO’s famed “Sex and the City.” Such is the equivalent, now onstage at the Mirror Theatre in Noho, “Marry, F***, or Kill,” written by Brad T. Gottfred and Joanne Mosconi. As the voice-over/narrator insightfully states at show’s start: there are only 3 actions you want to take with people who truly matter—”marry, f***, or kill.” The show is a ‘dramedy,’ with a meaningful message on the importance of human connection, and how timing plays such a huge role in objects of the heart, with many twists and bumps along the way.
Set at the Pink Dinosaur cafe ( a most aesthetically pleasing set), in the island of Manhattan, where no man is truly an island unto oneself, but rather in desperate search of a soulmate, the show revolves around a group of disconnected friends, yet seemingly intertwined. A lot of angst and rift (so typical of playwrights and screenwriters, such as Neil Simon and Woody Allen) is revealed, as the characters feelings come to the surface, almost like live, screaming lobsters in a pot of boiling water.
The refreshing, talented, (and beautiful to look at ) ensemble are dynamic and entertaining, as each and every one tries to find not only their sense of self, but that special, certain ‘one.’ To find that soulmate can be either fulfilling or distilling, and in more cases than not, dysfunction and conflict pervades, the source of great dramatic material. With the huge box office success of raunchy relationship drama/comedies, like Hangover and Bridesmaids, and soon to be released “Five Year Engagement,” this play will have mass appeal, as it ‘pushes the envelope.’ It’s a frank, bold, brave look at modern relationships. The juxtaposition of romantic, nostalgic love songs, such as “My Way,” and “You are the Sunshine of my Life,” set each scene, exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of love, single life, and sexuality.
In today’s hurried world, and the temerity of fate, so many hide behind their busy lives to avoid vulnerability and commitment. Much of the show’s dialogue (like HBO’s edgy material) is deep and touching. As one audience member succinctly stated, “each character is so credible and realistic, like someone I really know.” It’s intriguing to see how each relationship will evolve, on the rocky road of love.
For now, I think I’ll stick to my ice cream!
“Marry, F***, or Kill” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. until May 19th. They are completely sold out and are listed on GOLDSTAR as LA’S HOT SHOW. Because of the high demand, they have already added a later performance time this evening — at 10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday April 21 & 22.
Audience members can read updates and get information on where to get tickets at www.mirrortheater.com.