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Rousuck's Review: "A.D. 16," a Biblical musical at Olney Theatre

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(left-right) Jade Jones, Chani Wereley, Adelina Mitchell and Phoenix Best in the world premiere of Cinco Paul's "A.D. 16" at Olney Theatre Center. (credit Teresa Castracane Photography)

It's time again for theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck to join us with her weekly reviews of the regional stage. Today she spotlights A.D. 16, a musical romantic fantasy now getting its world premiere at Olney Theatre Center.

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Ben Fankhauser as Jesus and Phoenix Best as Mary Magdalene in "A.D.16" at the Olney Theatre Center (credit Teresa Castracane Photography)

Set in Bible-era Nazareth, A.D. 16 imagines a romance between two Nazarene teens - a 16 year-old Mary Magdalen and that interesting boy next door — Jesus. With story, music and lyrics by Cinco Paul (Despicable Me), and book by Bekah Brunstetter, A.D. 16 is directed by Stephen Brackett and features an ensemble cast, with Phoenix Best as Mary and Ben Frankhauser as Jesus.

A.D. 16 continues at Olney Theatre Center through March 20. For more information and ticketing, 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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