Rousuck's Review - New Virtuals - The Catastrophist And Simply Sondheim


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Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom Hall again today with her reviews of two new virtual productions now streaming for ticketed audiences.

The first is The Catastrophist, a COVID-19-inspired drama by Lauren Gunderson that's based on the life and work of esteemed virologist Nathan Wolfe, who is also the playwright's real-life husband. The world premiere is a virtual co-production by Round House Theater and Marin Theater Company, directed by Jasson Minadakis and starring William DeMeritt in the title role.

Judy's second review spotlights Simply Sondheim, a COVID-safe restaging of Signature Theatre's 2015 revue of more than 30 songs from the musicals of the renowned, 90-year-old Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. The comprehensive revue, which runs from '50s oldies like “Saturday Night” to mid-2000s hits like “Road Show,” features a dozen performers - including Norm Lewis belting out "Being Alive" - under the guidance of director-choreographer Matthew Gardiner. Signature's new filmed production is streaming now through March 26.

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