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Marion Civic talks about love

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

An upcoming show at Marion Civic Theatre features the trials and tribulations of finding love.

The show “Funny Little Thing Called Love” tells five stories of individuals struggling to find – or keep – love in their lives. Somewhat of a sequel to the show “Hallelujah Girls” that Marion Civic performed a few years ago, “Funny Little Thing Called Love” begins with the honeymoon of one of the main characters from the previous show.

While the five plots in “Funny Little Thing Called Love” don’t intersect, Marion Civic Director Tabetha Nice, who is also directing the show, said it’s a “knee slapping, funny show all the way through.”

“I didn’t think I would like how there are basically five mini-plots that never intersect, but that ended up being my favorite part of this show,” she said.

This is the first time Marion Civic will be performing “Funny Little Thing Called Love” in their theatre. Around a dozen cast members star in the show performing three or more characters. Lane Vermilion, son of Marsha Vermilion who starred in the February show “Love Letters,” plays three roles throughout the production.

Ranging from “an Oklahoma boy” looking for a good time in London to a mailman that Vermilion said has “the energy of Hulk Hogan with the heart of Mr. Rogers,” the characters in the show vary in their ability to find love under a full moon.

The show runs around 90 minutes, according to Vermilion, and will have audience members wanting more.

“You get to experience these different aspects of love,” he said. “It’s an honest depiction of what love really is, combined with all of its mysteries.”

Nice said “Funny Little Thing Called Love” is a perfect show for a weekend date night for couples. Vermilion said audience members are sure to get butterflies in their stomachs throughout each story.

“This show covers the full gamut of what love really is,” he said.

The show premiers on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., with a second show on Sunday at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or 45 minutes prior to the show.