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Rousuck's Review: "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

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It's Thursday, and Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio for another of her weekly reviews of the Maryland stage.  Today, her spotlight is on Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's new production of The Merry Wives of Windsorthe Bard's circa 1602 comedic romp about smart women, hapless men and communal joy.

Reputedly a play that Queen Elizabeth I ordered William Shakespeare to write so she could see her favorite dramatic character, Sir John Falstaff, fall in love, The Merry Wives of Windsor has Falstaff  (played for the BSF by David Forrer) arriving in Windsor flat broke and plotting to woo two wealthy married women, Mistress Alice Ford (Emily Classen) and Mistress Margaret Page (Bethany Mayo). The two wives learn of Falstaff's devious plans and scheme, hilariously, to thwart them.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by BSF founder Tom Delise, continues through Sunday, August 18 at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's Great Hall Theater in St. Mary's Community Center, at 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211, with an additional performance outdoors at Boordy Vineyards on August 23.  Tickets and info at BaltimoreShakespeareFactory.org.

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.
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