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.

Teresa Castracane

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Comedy of Errors".

Rousuck Review: "Pippin" At The Hippodrome

Jun 26, 2015

J. Wynn Rousuck talks with Tom about the Tony-award winning musical Pippin, now at the Hippodrome through June 28th.

Chris Aldridge

What happens when the "Peanuts" gang hits their teenaged years? Spotlighters Theatre explores that troubled timeframe in the parody, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead." Our theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, brings us this review:

This week, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Blithe Spirit." A comedic gem, this play takes a hilarious look at a ghostly love triangle after a quirky medium's seance goes amiss. The play runs through June 28 at the Everyman Theatre.

Joe Williams

This week, theatre critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Good People", a play that takes an honest and sometimes humorous look at the struggles of those living paycheck to paycheck in America. The play runs through June 21 at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Harry Bechkes

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Last of the Boys", a play about the Vietnam War’s impact on those who fought and those left behind. The play runs through June 7 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.

Center Stage

Maryland Morning's Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck sits down with Tom Hall to talk about Marley: A World Premier Musical which opened at Center Stage on May 8th and runs until June 14th, 2015 . The play explores Bob Marley during a pivotal period in his life, when he finds himself the target of an attempted assassination. J. Wynn Rousuck and Tom Hall talk about the music, plot and the performances. Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Marley is a collaboration between Center Stage and The Public Theater in New York City.  

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.

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.

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.