Past Meetup

Reefer Madness at the New Century

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14 people went

Price: $21.00 /per person
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I have never seen Reefer Madness, but remember it was a popular late night show at college theaters. For those who don't know anything about it, it was a government anti drug movie from the 30's that's so stupid, it's funny.

Here's what Rotten Tomatoes says about the original movie:

This unabashed propaganda film (also known by the title Tell Your Children, a dead giveaway) has become a cult classic of comically bad cinema due to its dated, alarmist views on the dangers of "marijuana addiction" and the exaggerated symptoms thereof. After the onscreen prologue that declares "Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace," Reefer Madness launches into a case study of clean-cut WASP couple Bill (Kenneth Craig) and Mary (Dorothy Short), high schoolers who play tennis and drink tea on the back porch. Their friend Jimmy (Warren McCollum) introduces them to a pot dealer named Jack (Carleton Young), who invites Bill up to his den of inequity, where stoned ne'er-do-wells laugh fiendishly, dance, and play the piano. After one joint, Bill is hooked, and his life begins to plummet down the tubes -- he starts flunking school and becomes a promiscuous regular in Jack's apartment. When a worried Mary tracks Bill down, she too is given a joint and begins giggling uncontrollably while being aggressively fondled by the bizarre addict Ralph (Dave "Tex" O'Brien). When Bill bursts out of the bedroom to tangle with Ralph, hallucinating and blacking out, Mary is accidentally shot. This prompts a string of guilt and calamitous occurrences, including several more deaths and courtroom sentences to mental institutions, all because of the devil weed. The film ends with the ominous warning, "The dread marijuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter...or yours...or YOURS!" ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

Then it became a musical. Then it because a movie based on the musical. Now its a musical based on the movie based on the musical inspired by the movie. And it's playing at the New Century.

Here is what you need to know:

Reefer Madness

New Century Theatre (
615 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

Reefer Madness, called “A delirious romp, which at its best reaches highs of intoxicating goofiness,” by USA Today, was inspired by the original 1936 film. This satirical morality tale is a depiction of clean-cut kids lured into a hysterical downward spiral by the evil weed, jazz, sex and violence. The alluring musical numbers range from big Vegas-style show stoppers like “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,” complete with an angel chorus of showgirls, to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime.” Directed by Andy Flickman, with book and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and music by Dan Studney, the musical premiered in Los Angeles in 1999, ran off-Broadway in 2001 and re-emerged as a 2005 movie starring Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell and Ana Gasteyer.

Through the website, tickets are $29 plus $8 Ticketmaster fees. Though there are no fees if you buy in person, they're still $29. But fear not. Due to the buying power of Twin Cities Comedy and Wine we are able to get tickets for just $20 with no Ticketmaster fees or taxes! Pretty cool. You will have to prepay. There is a link to Paypal when you sign up so you can pay then or you can mail me a check. Total cost will be $21 with Paypal fees. If you want to pay by check, then just send me $20. Tickets will not be refundable but are transferable.

Show starts at 7:30. We'll have dinner beforehand at Rosa Mexicano which is next door. You don't even have to go outside. Reservations are at 5. See you there.