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Rousuck's Review: "Be Here Now" at Everyman Theatre

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It's Thursday, and time to welcome back theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck with another of her weekly reviews of the Maryland stage.  Today she joins Tom in Studio A with her take on Be Here Now, the 2018 work by award-winning playwright Deborah Zoe Laufernow on stage at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre.

Be Here Now follows the transformation of a woman named Bari - a severely depressed, middle-aged misanthrope - who begins to have seizures that produce unaccustomed bouts of ecstasy. Her condition begins to change her view of the world and her relationships, and she is forced to decide whether it’s better to live a short, joyful life, or risk a lifetime of depression.  

A comedic look at what we’re willing to do for love and happiness, Be Here Now is directed at Everyman by the playwright, Deborah Zoe Laufer, with performances by resident company cast members Beth Hylton as Bari and Kyle Prue as Mike Cooper, and featuring Katy Carkuff as Patty Cooper and Shubhangi Kuchibhotla as Luanne Cooper.

Be Here Now continues at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre through Sunday, February 16. More info here.

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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