Company: Jerome Productions, Thief River Falls, MN
Venue: 6 - Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse
By the end of the 75-minute show, the play has lost the momentum it worked so hard to earn at its start.
This new play by Minnesota writer Benjamin Jerome is proof that sometimes, you're best to quit while you're ahead.
The curious black comedy starts strongly, as we meet the family of
Marshall Malone (talented newcomer Ethan Drory) - a 17-year-old who's
grown up convinced he is, in fact, an eagle.
There are some very polished and professional performances in the
seven-person local cast, most notably Maggie Nagle and Jeff Skinner as
Marshall's beleaguered parents.
And Jerome's script offers some great belly laughs at the start. But it
begins to run out of steam around the 45 minute mark. And by the end of
the 75-minute show, the play has lost the momentum it worked so hard to
earn at its start.
This effort by a first-time Fringe writer shows promise. But... Marshall
Malone ultimately reaches a couple of branches too high.