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Rousuck's Review: "The Swindlers," Live At Baltimore's Center Stage

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(l-r) Carmen Zilles, Derek Garza, and Jon Hudsom Odom in “The Swindlers, A True-Ish Tall Tale” by Noah Diaz (©Baltimore Center Stage. Photo by J. Fannon)

It's time for another visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom this week with her review of Baltimore Center Stage's live production of The Swindlers: A True-ish Tall Tale.

Playwright Noah Diaz, the author of last season’s critically acclaimed Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally, based this new, Center Stage-commissioned play "loosely" on the real-life exploits of his mother and grandfather. His so-called "true-ish tall tale" is a raucous comedy about liars, fools and surviving one's family ties.

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Christopher Ryan Grant in "The Swindlers" (©Baltimore Center Stage. Photo by J. Fannon)

Will Davis directs the Center Stage cast, which features Rachel Crowl as FOOL 1, Derek Garza as FOOL 2, Christopher Ryan Grant as GEORGE, Jon Hudson Odom as CONTEXT and Carmen Zilles as MARIE.

The Swindlers continues live at Baltimore's Center Stage through September 26. The show will also be streaming live for ticketed patrons from September 21-26. Click the production's link for more information.

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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