Reefer Madness Hits the Stage!

January 28, 2009 at 11:45 pm 2 comments

For anybody who happens to live in Michigan:

Director Phil Simmons calls it “absurd, over-the-top, no question about it.”

Simmons is leading an Eastern Michigan stage production of “Reefer Madness,” a spoof of the 1936 film that became a camp classic for its dire warnings about the use of marijuana.

“The gentlemen who have written the show use the same situations as the movie, a lot of the same dialogue, same characters and turned it into camp, spoof and parody,” Simmons said. “It is, without a doubt, even after 20 years in New York, one of the funniest things I’ve seen.”

The show is yet another sign that cultural forces are moving the correct direction. Still, it’s rather sad to poke fun at Reefer Madness when some of the propaganda being touted today is no better.

(For the record: in my opinion – and I was in Massachusetts for the two weeks after Question 2 went into effect – I noticed no more people smoking pot than before. I did, however, notice far more police cars driving with their sirens blaring. Make of that what you will).

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