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Rousuck's Review: "Dinner and Cake" at Everyman Theatre

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(L-R) Định James Đoànas, Tuyết Thị Phạm, Carolina Đỗas, Helen Hedman and Bruce Randolph Nelson, in Everyman Theatre's prodution of "Dinner and Cake." (photo credit: Teresa Castracane Photography)

It's time for another visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom each week with her reviews of Maryland's regional stage. Today, she tells us about Everyman Theatre's world-premiere production of Dinner and Cake, a debut work by Vietnam-born playwright/actor Tuyết Thị Phạm about race, politics and a family's struggle to bridge deep cultural divides.

Paige Hernandez directs the complex, bi-lingual play for Everyman. The cast features Carolina Đỗ as Mỹlinh, Định James Đoàn as Mr. Trần; Helen Hedman as Mrs. Joyce Drumming; Bruce Randolph Nelson as Mr. Murray Drumming; and the playwright Tuyết Thị Phạm as Mrs. Trần.

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Helen Hedman (left) and Tuyết Thị Phạm (right) in Everyman Theatre 's production of "Dinner and Cake." (Photo credit: Teresa Castracane Photography)

Dinner and Cake continues at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre through October 2. Follow the links for showtimes and ticketing 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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