J. Wynn Rousuck

Maryland Morning Theater Critic

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast 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.

A member of the Artistic Advisory Committee of Young Audiences of Maryland, Judy is also a freelance teacher for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (the Hippodrome’s non-profit partner, which focuses on education and outreach). She was a faculty member at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Critics Institute in Waterford, CT, for two decades; she is a former National Endowment for Humanities Journalism Fellow; and she was a visiting student at Brown University (2007-2008), under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paula Vogel. Judy and her husband, Alan Fink, share their home with two dogs, who enjoy hearing their “Master’s Voice” on WYPR.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Theater Review: Dirty Dancing

Credit Photo Courtesy of Hippodrome Theatre

    

If you cannot get enough of Dirty Dancing the movie, our theater critic J.Wynn Rousuck talks with Tom Hall about Dirty Dancing, the musical. The show is at the Hippodrome until May 24.  Rousuck and Hall talk through the success of the adaptation and the role of music in the performance.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Side By Side By Sondheim"

Steve Antonsen and Alyson Shirk
Credit Tom Lauer

If you cannot get enough of the work of Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim, the Vagabond Players have a musical revue for you. Side By Side By Sondheim packages a varied assortment of Sondheim songs tied together by a narrator who gives context for each one. Host Tom Hall sits down to talk through the tunes with resident theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck. The Vagabond Players will be running the show through May 17th.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Theater Review: Romeo and Juliet

It’s the most famous love story of all time. “Romeo and Juliet” has been re-told, spun off, updated and reimagined as: A story about warring street gangs in New York, rival religious factions in Baghdad, garden gnomes, even zombies. At Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, director Ian Gallanar tells it straight – in Elizabethan dress and as Shakespeare wrote it (with some cuts). For a play this well known, playing it safe could be risky – too familiar, not adventurous enough.  
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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Rodgers And Hammerstein's 'Carousel' Gallops To Baltimore

Cast of Olney Theatre Center's production of Carousel
Credit Stan Barouh

Theatre critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see Carousel at the Olney Theatre Center this week. She sits down with host Tom Hall to talk about the sounds, scenery and modern-day take on this gritty, iconic production. 

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "4000 Miles"

(from left to right) Josh Tobin and Lois Markle
Credit Richard Anderson

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to part two of Center Stage's Herzog Festival. The play, 4,000 Miles, will continue through May 24th. 

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Maryland Morning
8:46 am
Mon April 13, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Ghosts" At Everyman Theatre

Danny Gavigan as Osvald Alving and Deborah Hazlett as Mrs. Helene Alving.
Credit Stan Barouh

This week, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see Ghosts playing through May 3rd at Everyman Theatre

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Wicked"

Alyssa Fox and Carrie St. Louis starring in 'Wicked'
Credit Joan Marcus 2015

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck sits down with Tom Hall to talk about "Wicked", the blockbuster back story of the witches of Oz. The musical is playing for a month at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore and will run through April 26th. 

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon March 30, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "After The Revolution"

From Left: Ashton Heyl and Lois Markle
Credit Richard Anderson

Maryland Morning theatre critic J. Wynn Rousuck traveled to the Center Stage this week to see After The Revolution. This is the first show in Center Stage's two-part Amy Herzog Festival bringing the young playwright's work to the Charm City.  The show will run through May 17th, 2015. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon March 23, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "The Revelation Of Bobby Pritchard" And "The Dum Dums"

Sean Kelly, Heather Peacock, Dave LaSalle, Julie Herber, Sarah Lynn Taylor and Susan Porter in "Bobby Pritchard"
Credit Zachary Z. Handler

J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard," playing at Iron Crow Theatre through March 28th. Then, "The Dum Dums," which will continue at Gallery 788 through April 4th. 

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