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
8:45 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"Carrie the Musical"

Credit Studio Theatre

You may have gotten to know Carrie White in book form and you've watched others torment her on the silver screen, but how will a musical tackle her haunting story? 

Maryland Morning's Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck review the dark notes of Studio Theatre's production of "Carrie the Musical."

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon July 7, 2014

"As You Like It" at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Vince Eisenson and Blythe Coons in "As You Like It."
Credit Teresa Castracane

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of “As You Like It.” 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 30, 2014

"Side Show" at The Kennedy Center

(Left-right:) Emily Padgett and Erin Davie as Daisy and Violet Hilton in "Side Show."
Credit Joan Marcus

Step right up to hear Maryland Morning culture editor Tom Hall and theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck discuss The Kennedy Center's production of "Side Show." 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 23, 2014

"Wild with Happy" at Center Stage

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see "Wild With Happy" at Center Stage. She brings us this review.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 16, 2014

"Tribes" at Everyman Theatre

Megan Anderson as Sylvia and John McGinty as Billy.
Credit Stan Barouh.

The struggle to be understood through sign, and through sound. Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see "Tribes" at Everyman Theatre

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

"Sister Act" Takes the Stage at the Hippodrome

Cast of "Sister Act."
Credit Joan Marcus.

The nuns in "Sister Act" are singing and dancing across the Hippodrome's stage. Will it make you a believer? Tom Hall asks Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"The Gospel Songstress" at Arena Players

Credit Curtis Jackson

The legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is the subject of the current show at Baltimore’s Arena Players. Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see this homage called, “The Gospel Songstress.”  It continues at Arena Players through June 8. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 26, 2014

"Impossible! A Happenstance Circus" at the Theatre Project

Sarah Olmstead Thomas, Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Alex Vernon and Gwen Grastorf.
Credit Leslie McConnaughy

 

The Rousuck Review: "Impossible! A Happenstance Circus" at the Theatre Project. 

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Programs
8:50 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Getting to Know "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

A scene from "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
Credit Richard Anderson

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to Bucks County, PA, by way of Kansas City. And she did that by going to Center Stage in Baltimore.  Here’s her review of their current production, "Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike" which is up at Center Stage until May 25. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 12, 2014

"Peter and the Starcatcher" at the Hippodrome

Joey deBettencourt from the "Peter and the Starcatcher" Tour Company.
Credit Terry Shapiro

“What was Peter Pan like before he met Wendy in J.M. Barrie’s famous novel?”  

The answer to that question can be found in "Peter and the Starcatcher," the musical that’s at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore until May 18. Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see the production, and she brings us this review. 

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