We have never faltered from confessing being impressed with the work of One Song Productions, a company of local young people doing drama with very adult themes. One Song, which is completely run and staffed by high-schoolers from the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area (so their full complement changes every year), has been the source of high-level drama and comedy since we first saw one of their shows three years ago. Because of prior obligations, we are unable to attend their newest offering, Mr. Marmalade, going up tonight for a three-night run at Common Ground Theatre in Durham — their usual venue.
Mr. Marmalade is a creepy story of a little girl, Lucy (Lena Cohen), whose imaginary eponymous friend reflects the incredible dysfunctionalities she lives among, including her mother Sookie (Anna Zurliene), who is “neglectful and promiscuous,” Emily (Jax Preyer), “a lazy slut of a babysitter,” according to another reviewer, and a five-year-old boy named Larry (Harris Middlesworth), who is a suicidal thief.
According to the author, Noah Haidle, “Mr. Marmalade is a savage black comedy about what it takes to grow up in these difficult times.” As with the other productions that One Song has undertaken, this sounds like more than a handful of teens might be able to handle; but they have shown they have the talent and put in the effort to consistently put on highly commendable theater.
Mr. Marmalade will run Thursday, March 12th, through Saturday, March 14th, at Common Ground Theatre in Durham. Tickets are suggested donation of $8 to $10 dollars. You can make your reservations now by going to the group’s website, http://www.1songproductions.org/, or by e-mailing One Son at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Song Productions presents MR. MARMALADE at 7:30 p.m. March 12-14 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705.
TICKETS: $8-$10 donation.
BOX OFFICE: email@example.com.
SHOW: http://www.1songproductions.org/current-season.html and https://www.facebook.com/events/409666745874333/.
PRESENTER: http://www.1songproductions.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Song-Productions/136779861220, and https://twitter.com/onesongtheatre.
2014-15 SEASON: http://www.1songproductions.org/current-season.html.
VENUE: http://www.cgtheatre.com/, https://www.facebook.com/cgtheatre, and https://twitter.com/CGTheatre919.
Mr. Marmalade (2004 black comedy): http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=3741 (Dramatists Play Service) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Marmalade (Wikipedia).
Noah Haidle (playwright): https://www.facebook.com/events/409666745874333/ (Goodman Theatre bio).
Martha Keravuori is a life-long theater artist — an actress, director, and stage manager — in North Carolina, around the country, and overseas. She has a theater degree from UNC-Greensboro, and has been active in the arts in Raleigh for the past 40 years. Martha is the retired executive director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Chuck Galle returned to Raleigh last year after a 17-year absence. He was active in community theater for many years, and directed the troupe of maximum-security inmates at Raleigh’s Central Prison known as the Central Prison Players. In New England, he performed on stage, on TV, and in films. He is the author of Stories I Never Told My Daughter — An Odyssey, which can be ordered on his website: http://www.chuckgalle.com/. Chuck Galle and Martha Keravuori review theater for Boom! Magazine of Cary. Click here to read more of their reviews for Boom! Magazine and here to read more of their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.