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Rousuck's Review: "Steel Magnolias" at Spotlighters Theatre

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In the closing segment of today's edition of Midday on the Arts, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio for another of her weekly reviews of Maryland's regional stage.  Today, she talks about the new production of  Steel Magnolias at Baltimore's Spotlighters Theatre.

Robert Harling's play, which premiered in 1987 at the WPA Theater, New York City's Off-Off Broadway mainstay, is a comedy-drama that explores the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana.  Set entirely in a hair salon, the play is based on Harling's experiences surrounding his sister's death.

Directed at Spotlighters by Fuzz Roark (with Assistant Director Paul Saar), Steel Magnolias' all-female cast includes Suzanne Young as Truvy Jones, Valerie Lash as Louisa (Ouiser) Boudreaux, Karen Starliper as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, and Melanie Bishop as Mary Lynn Eatenton.

Steel Magnolias continues at Spotlighters Theatre until Sunday, July 14. For more info, click here.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
Rob is Midday's senior producer.