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Rousuck's Review: "The Great Leap" at Bethesda's Round House Theatre

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Randy Nguyen Ta as Manford in "The Great Leap" at Round House Theatre. (Photo by Margot Schulman Photography)

It's time for another visit from Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom this week with her review of The Great Leap, playwright Lauren Yee's 2018 socio-political fable about personal ambition, set amidst a Sino-American "friendship" basketball match in 1989, on the eve of China's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square. The play is getting a regional premiere at Bethesda's Round House Theatre. Jennifer Chang directs the live-on-stage performances with a cast that includes Grant Chang, Eric Hissom, Lois Shih and Randy Nguyen Ta.

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Eric Hissom as Saul and Grant Chang as Wen Chang in "The Great Leap" at Round House Theatre (Margot Schulman Photography)

The Great Leap continues at Round House Theatre through Dec. 5. Streaming begins Nov. 26. Patrons must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry and wear masks while attending performances at the theatre, with limited exceptionsClick here for full details.

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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