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Rousuck's Review: "Thoughts of a Colored Man" at Baltimore Center Stage

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It's Thursday and our theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio us for another of her weekly reviews of the Maryland stage.  Today, she tells us about Thoughts of a Colored Man, the powerful new work by playwright Keenan Scott II that's getting its world premiere at Baltimore Center Stage (in a co-production with central New York's Syracuse Stage).

Set on a single day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Thoughts explores seven variations on the theme of black male identity, using a blend of language, music and dance.  Directed at Baltimore Center Stage by Steve H. Broadnax III, with choreography by Millicent Johnnie, the play features an allegorically-named cast of male characters, with performances by Jerome Preston Bates as Wisdom, Brandon Dion Gregory as Passion, Forrest McClendon as Depression, Reynaldo Piniella as Lust, Jody Reynard as Happiness, Ryan Jamaal Swain as Love, and Garrett Turner as Anger.  The play's two female roles are performed by Ashley Pierre-Louis and Hollie E. Wright

Thoughts of a Colored Man continues at Baltimore Center Stage through Sunday, November 10.

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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