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Rousuck's Review: Rapid Lemon's "Serious Adverse Effects," Live & Streaming At The Motor House

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Kyla Hammond (foreground) and Maria Marsalis (background) in Rapid Lemon Production's 'Serious Adverse Effects'

Derek Lee McPhatter's play follows a scientist pursuing an unconventional cure for a mysterious disease.

Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom today with her review of Serious Adverse Effects, playwright Derek Lee McPhatter's contemporary — and timely — drama about medical ethics. The world-premiere play, developed under the aegis of the National Black Theatre’s I AM Soul playwright residency program, is being staged by Rapid Lemon Productions, presented live before masked audiences at Baltimore's Motor House art space, and also live-streamed online for ticket holders.

Director and Projection Designer Noah Silas leads cast members Valerie Lewis, Kyla Hammond, Max Johnson and Maria Marsalis in the one-act drama.

Rapid Lemon Productions' Serious Adverse Effects continues live at the Motor House and live-streamed through May 23. For more information and ticket options, click 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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