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 January 12, 2015

Theater Reviews: "References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" and "Fortune's Child"

Actors Jessica Garrett and Kaveh Haerian in "References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at Single Carrot Theatre.
Credit Britt Olsen-Ecker

Baltimore is bustling with winter theater productions; so many that today, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews a couple of them.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Maryland Morning Theater Review: "Diner" at Signature Theatre

Adam Kantor (Eddie), Josh Grisetti (Shrevie), Derek Klena (Boogie), Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick), and Bryan Fenkart (Modell) in Diner at Signature Theatre.
Credit Carol Rosegg

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck brings us her review of the musical “Diner”, based on the Barry Levinson film. It's playing at the Signature Theatre in Arlington through January 25.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Maryland Morning Theater Review: "Caroline, or Change"

Credit Stillpointe Theatre Initiative

Maryland Morning theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, joins Tom in the studio to have a conversation about the Stillpointe Theatre Initiative's production of "Caroline or  Change." They discuss the play's performers, direction and venue. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Maryland Morning Theater Review: Ira Levin's "Deathtrap"

Danny Gavigan (seated) and Bruce Randolph Nelson (standing)
Credit Clinton B. Photography

When the curtain rises at Everyman Theatre, we see a room whose walls display swords and daggers and guns and knives, a crossbow, a mace -- murder weapons of all styles and shapes. These may not look like holiday gifts. But Everyman artistic director Vincent M. Lancisi takes pride in calling “Deathtrap” his “holiday thriller.”

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

The Rousuck Review: "A Christmas Carol"

Gregory Burgess at Scrooge.
Credit Teresa Castracane

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews “A Christmas Carol,” which  continues at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company through December 23.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Rousuck Review: "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play​, which continues at Center Stage through December 21.

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Maryland Morning
8:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

"Newsies" At The Hippodrome

Credit Deen van Meer

Tom Hall and Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck have a conversation about "Newsies," the Disney movie that was turned into a Broadway musical. "Newsies" continues at the Hippodrome through Sunday.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Under The Sea, On The Stage

Ariel being coaxed by Ursula.
Credit Stan Barouh

"The Little Mermaid," a musical based on the 1989 Disney movie,  is making its area professional premiere at Olney Theatre Center. The musical runs through Jan. 10. Maryland Morning's theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom to discuss the differences between the play and the movie, and how the production tackles the underwater setting on stage. 

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon November 24, 2014

The Rousuck Review: "Little Dancer"

Left to right: Boyd Gaines and Tiler Peck
Credit Paul Kolnik

  J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Little Dancer, which continues at the Kennedy Center in Washington through November 30th.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon November 17, 2014

The Rousuck Review: "Seminar" at Fells Point Corner Theatre

From left to right: Michael Zemarel, Anne Shoemaker, Alex Smith, Cassandra Dutt, Eric C. Stein
Credit Chelsea Dove

J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Seminar, which continues at Fells Point Corner Theatre through December 7.

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