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Rousuck's Review: "Nevermore" at Baltimore's Stillpointe Theatre

Bobby Libby as Edgar Allan Poe in "Nevermore" at Baltimore's StillPointe Theatre. (photo credit: Meg Taylor)
Bobby Libby as Edgar Allan Poe in "Nevermore" at Baltimore's StillPointe Theatre. (photo credit: Meg Taylor)

It's time for another visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us each week with her reviews of the Maryland-DC regional stage.

Today, Judy joins guest host Emily Sullivan to tell us about Nevermore, a 2006 musical inspired by the works of the master of the macabre, 19th century writer-poet Edgar Allan Poe.

The production, which is getting its regional premiere at Baltimore's Stillpointe Theatre, features music by Matt Conner, book by Grace Barnes, and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunik, with source material from Mr. Poe.

Kay-Megan Washington as Muddy in "Nevermore" at_Stillpointe Theatre. (photo credit: Meg Taylor)
Kay-Megan Washington as Poe's aunt Muddy, in "Nevermore" at Stillpointe Theatre. (photo credit: Meg Taylor)

The story of love, personal demons and self-discovery is propelled by its musical numbers and explores the mind of Edgar Allan Poe as a "ghostly dreamscape" of disturbing yet compelling themes of madness and melancholy.

The musical is directed by Ryan Haase, with choreography by Amanda J. Rife, and musical direction by Ben Shaver.

Nevermore continues at The Stillpoint Theatre through May 6. Click the theater link for more information.

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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.
Emily Sullivan covers all things Baltimore City Hall for the Baltimore Banner. She joined the Banner after three years at WYPR. Her radio stories on Baltimore politics and culture have been honored with multiple awards, including three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Teria is a Supervising Producer on Midday.
Rob is a contributing producer for Midday.