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Rousuck's Review: Top Virtual Theater Offerings During The Pandemic

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Now, an update on how the American theater world is creatively adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to keep its theaters and community stages dark.  Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been watching a steady stream of innovative online "virtual" productions by local and national companies, and she joins Tom via Skype to share a few recommendations...
Those include The Howard Ashman Celebration, an online documentary by Rainbow Sun Productions. Their YouTube video pays tribute to the late Baltimore-born lyricist, director and producer, whose work with songwriter Alan Menken on Disney animated feature films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and posthumously, Aladdin, won Ashman a bevy of honors before his death from HIV/AIDS in 1991; from The Public Theater in New York City, What Do We Need to Talk About?a new, hour-long installment of playwright Richard Nelson's popular series of The Apple Family Plays, in which the characters commune -- about art in the pandemic and other things -- not at a dinner table set, but in an online Zoom chat.

A heads-up that on July 3, a stage-captured video production of HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda's mega-hit Broadway musical, begins streaming exclusively on the Disney-Plus channel.

And here are links to the two new local theater companies and another stream Judy mentioned today:
Wyrd Sisters Shakespeare Society
The Scattered Players
The Shows Must Go On!

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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