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Rousuck's Review: Single Carrot Theatre's "Every Brilliant Thing"

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Matthew Shea, one of three rotating solo actors in Single Carrot Theatre’s production of “Every Brilliant Thing.” (Photo Credit: Britt Olsen-Ecker)

It's time for another visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom this week with her review of Single Carrot Theatre's production of Every Brilliant Thing, a solo show being performed outdoors in multiple neighborhood venues with a rotating cast of three SCT actors.

Co-written in 2016 by British playwright Duncan MacMillan with Irish actor Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing explores the lengths to which we'll go for those we love. Within the play's life-affirming and joyful storyline, audiences are asked to help tell a moving story of a young child's hopefulness and resilience, despite contending with an emotionally unstable mother. Co-directed by SCT's Paul Diem and ensemble co-founder and artistic director Genevieve De Mahy, the play features rotating performances by SCT ensemble members Matthew Shea, Lauren Erica Jackson and Meghan Stanton.

SCT's fifteen performances of Every Brilliant Thing run through September 26th, during Suicide Prevention Month. To spotlight the issue and provide resources for those seeking assistance, SCT has partnered with three mental-health support organizations: the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, On Our Own of Maryland and B'more Clubhouse.

People in immediate need of help may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

For more information on Single Carrot Theatre's Every Brilliant Thing, 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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