Check It Out: F*ck! Marry! Kill! with Molly Prather
Molly Prather is in Fuck! Marry! Kill! on March 25th. Photo courtesy Molly Prather.
There’s something about combining childhood games with sexual exploits, as told by an attractive woman, that is...well...awesome. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Franklin has noticed this anomaly as well, and has smartly chosen to re-up the wonderful Fuck! Marry! Kill! for a couple of upcoming nights that should not be missed, including this Wednesday, March 25th at 8pm.Fuck! Marry! Kill!, a one woman show written and performed by the vivacious Molly Prather, has already seen success at UCB on it’s first go-round, and one must imagine that Molly is just as sharp and honest as ever.
The show itself loosely follows the format of the famous forced-choice game of the same name, wherein the player is given three names of known people and must decide who they would choose to fuck, marry, and consequently kill.
The premise, for Prather, is that this game is much more insightful than it may be given credit for, and the underlying intricacies the game presents should be more carefully examined in order to learn more about those around us, as well as ourselves. Of course, this is also a springboard for Prather to expound on her exploits in all three arenas. And while the balance may be a little skewed (she has not, to date, admitted to killing anyone), Prather is a strong performer who is able to acutely control the stories she is balancing.
If there is one gap that needed to be filled between the last FMK show and this, it is the clarity of Prather’s voice. Obviously all of the stories and ideas are her own, but it can be tricky to stay the course in show like this, where so much of the person on stage is laid bare at the feet of the audience. By staying true to her words and sincerity, Prather should be able to elevate this already wonderful show into a level of something truly special. If the folks at UCB have decided to bring FMK back for another run, then early indications are that Prather has done all of that and more to hone the show to a sharp and insightful point.
Fuck! Marry! Kill! is currently slated to go up at 8pm on Wednesday, March 25th, with additional dates to play in May. As UCB continues to tweak their line ups to accommodate more truly funny shows like this, it will be interesting to see how the hottest comedy club in Los Angeles starts to shake out. Right now, with more shows and more opportunity for real people to get on stage and spill their guts out in truthful and meaningful ways, then great days are indeed ahead for the UCB comedy juggernaut.