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First Act: Reefer Madness

WILMINGTON -- The moral of City Stage's production of "Reefer Madness" may not quite be "just say no," but the musical could change the way you think about drugs.

"It provides a very good lesson in what happens when you get involved with the reefer," said director Mike O'Neil.

The consequences, according to this show, are very dire, as it follows the downward spiral of wholesome high school sweethearts Mary Lane and Jimmy Harper.

"He starts out so sweet and innocent and he's an athlete and an upstanding student and a good boyfriend and then he does the reefer, and he becomes a bad seed," said actor Sam Robison.

Mary Lane's fate is even worse.

"She dies because she does the wrong thing," said actress Amy Tipton.

The musical is based on a 1936 propaganda film that made some pretty outrageous claims about marijuana. For example, "reefer is worse than cocaine and heroin," said O'Neil.

The stage production pokes fun at that.

"It's all completely ridiculous, just like the 1930s propaganda film, but everyone in the show is playing it straight. When you've got a bunch of people doing completely ridiculous things, but they're totally serious about it, it's hysterically funny," said Robison.

"It's hilarious and informative and a heckuva good time," added Tipton.

But Robison had these final words: "You should come see 'Reefer Madness' because if you don't, I will haunt your dreams forever."

This is one time you might want to give in to peer pressure and just say yes, to seeing the show, of course.

"Reefer Madness"

  • Nov. 9-11
  • Nov. 16-18
  • 8:00pm
  • City Stage at Level 5

For more information call (910) 343-0272 or click here.

Reported by Heather Setzler

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