The Woodpecker: World Premiere Family Drama About Heroism at Studio/Stage
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Meet four-year-old Lucy's imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade. He's a workaholic cocaine addict who beats his personal assistant and has a penchant for porn and sex toys. Oh, and Lucy's other "friends"? They're five-year-old Larry, who holds the record for the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey, and Sookie, her neglectful mom. Does this sound like the strangest comedy ever? It might just be. Playwright Noah Haidle's supremely dark comedy is full of "I can't believe I'm laughing at this" moments and gives both a hilarious and heartbreaking glimpse into the life of a little girl who's growing up way too fast. Learn More
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The acting is superb. The first half establishes a compelling cast of characters. The second half's prolonged war scenes come at the cost of skimping on exploring the dynamics of the reunited family, post-war. So: great acting, great sets,...continued
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Read an "interview ":http://stevejulian.com/2010/02/14/the-captain-steering-mutineer-theatre/with Mutineer Theatre Artistic Director Jon Cohn.
“Believin’ ain’t hard when believin’s all ya’ got.”
It’s Jimmy’s last day before going to war, he’s addicted to glue, his mom is seeing visions in the sweet potato casserole, and his wheelchair-bound dad can kick his ass. Battered by his father’s impossible expectations, his mother’s delusional addiction, and the sweltering heat of the Arkansas summer, Jimmy turns to the only friend he has and pleads for help. God answers him with the rare and elusive ivory-billed woodpecker.
Lured by aspirations of heroism and driven by his father’s insistence that he’s nothing more than a freak, Jimmy embarks beyond his family’s trailer park on an embattled exploration of faith and freedom. Trapped in a land where the line between right and wrong is easily blurred, Jimmy must decide for himself if he has what it takes to be a hero.