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The Soaring Height of Marshall Malone

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Every parent has to decide, when it comes to their child’s personality quirks, where do you draw the line between accommodation and indulgence? In the off-the-wall story of Marshall Malone, his parents may have missed the mark.

Benjamin Jerome of Thief River Falls, Minn., has penned an odd-duck story with some clever moments, where, on the edge of his 18th birthday, Marshall Malone remains convinced he is a wing-wearing, mouse-eating eagle. And his mother, on the advice of the family therapist, has gone along with it for so long she believes it too.

The company of seven actors includes Maggie Nagle as Wanda, a wonderfully exasperated mother who has devoted her life to validating her strange son. Ethan Drory, as Marshall, is wide-eyed and quite convincing as a kid, who, not inconsequentially, may have been allowed to be a little too much “himself.” Feathers and all.

3 stars.

— Wendy King

 

From the Fringe program:

Nancy Drake returns to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival directing The Soaring Height of Marshall Malone. Marshall Malone is special, very special indeed. He is a boy who believes he's an eagle. Marshall leads a normal life, well as normal as a life can be for someone like Marshall. After Grandfather Hubert visits for Marshall's upcoming 18th birthday, everything changes.

Laugh and experience a play about real love and the little Marshalls of our world.

Director: Nancy Drake

Cast: TBA

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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