Mr. Marmalade is the second production I have seen at the Roundabout Theater Company this season. The Roundabout is celebrating their 40th year. Both productions have been disappointing to say the least. I would think in a celebratory year, where they are in the process of raising money around that, someone would be green lighting better scripts.
Mr. Marmalade is one of the worst plays I have seen in a very long time. The play runs one and a half hours, with no intermission. I walked out after an hour but thought about it at 20 minutes, 30 minutes and 40 minutes hoping that it would get better.
The acting is good but that is to be expected. The play is about 2 children who are playing with imaginary characters about adult behavior. It isn’t thought provoking, it isn’t interesting, it isn’t even comical, it is plain bad writing and theater. There is nothing worse than bad theater.
Do not go see Mr. Marmalade, even if you already have the tickets. I hope that the next production put on by the Roundabout is good because so far, I am rethinking my subscription to next year. That is how bad the last 2 productions have been.