By AARON McGILLIVRAY
SARA BARRON skewers her husband, vows, child and sex life before taking aim at your vows, promiscuity, and the value of a grown-up bestie in a debut hour that is filthy, funny and incisive.
It is a show about truth as a counterpoint to careful curation, where life is not as we like to present it, but is life how it really is.
When looking at endless selfies, you have probably asked yourself: “Why is her life perfect? Why does she get a husband with beautiful arms?”
You have craved an answer to the question, can someone show the trappings of adulthood as something other than a happy ending?
Only Sara Barron can answer.
Sara is an American writer turned stand-up, living in London. While Stateside, she wrote for Vanity Fair, had a stint for This American Life and performed at the HBO Comedy Festival. She has published two books, People Are Unappealing and The Harm in Asking, and from the success of these publications won the role of host for hit US storytelling show The Moth: True Stories Told Live.
This, in turn, gave her the bug for live performance. It also introduced her to her British husband, which prompted an eventual move across the pond. She’s since gotten married, had a baby, started stand-up, and now plans to start a debut stand-up hour that could very nearly double as an impending midlife crisis.
With all the American candour, but none of the positivity, For Worse takes another woman’s happy ending – “I’m engaged!!!!” – as the start of a story that tracks the misery of compromise and weighs the value of a lifetime of companionship. This isn’t marriage as a happy ending. It’s a take on what it looks like – for worse, not better – once a woman is several years in.