Roger Catlin

Roger Catlin Roger Catlin is a Washington based arts writer whose work appears regularly in The Washington Post and SmithsonianMagazine.com. He has also written for Salon and Al-Jazeera and was a staff writer for The Hartford Courant in Connecticut for longer than he would like to tell you.


MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERONBWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERON
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


BWW Review: Compelling, Timely SIDE EFFECTS at Taffety PunkBWW Review: Compelling, Timely SIDE EFFECTS at Taffety Punk
Posted: May. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Experimental STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET at Theater AllianceBWW Review: Experimental STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET at Theater Alliance
Posted: Jun. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Tense, Engrossing THE RETURN from Mosaic TheaterBWW Review: Tense, Engrossing THE RETURN from Mosaic Theater
Posted: Jun. 15, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at KeeganBWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at Keegan
Posted: Nov. 11, 2016


BWW Review: In Series Stages Rare GOYESCASBWW Review: In Series Stages Rare GOYESCAS
Posted: Dec. 12, 2016


BWW Review: Mariinsky Ballet's Kicky LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSEBWW Review: Mariinsky Ballet's Kicky LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE
Posted: Feb. 3, 2017


BWW Review: The Cincinnati Ballet's NUTCRACKER with Poodles Too at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: The Cincinnati Ballet's NUTCRACKER with Poodles Too at Kennedy Center
Posted: Nov. 25, 2016


BWW Review: Tense, Engrossing THE RETURN from Mosaic TheaterBWW Review: Tense, Engrossing THE RETURN from Mosaic Theater
June 15, 2017

The Mosaic Theaatre Company closes its second season with a perfectly realized and humane play about real life in the Middle East precisely 50 years after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

BWW Review: Experimental STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET at Theater AllianceBWW Review: Experimental STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET at Theater Alliance
June 13, 2017

At its core, Mollye Maxner's 'Still Life with Rocket' is one of those complex, emotional theatrical dramas that grow out of an uneasy reunion, where cracks in the family unit become increasingly and tragically clear. After its secrets are revealed, there's a climax from which no one can return.

BWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERONBWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERON
June 12, 2017

For three decades, the In Series has been presenting intimate, small scale works - what it calls 'pocket operas' on a variety of stages in the city.

BWW Review: Compelling, Timely SIDE EFFECTS at Taffety PunkBWW Review: Compelling, Timely SIDE EFFECTS at Taffety Punk
May 27, 2017

As Capitol Hill seems to talking nonstop about the state of American health care at a time when it all might change, a couple of one-man plays at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop was breaking down the issues in terms that are immediate, emotional and human.

BWW Review: Oliver Sacks Adaptation THE MAN WHO at Spooky ActionBWW Review: Oliver Sacks Adaptation THE MAN WHO at Spooky Action
May 23, 2017

Half the fun of going to see plays at Spooky Action Theatre is seeing how they've transformed the basement of the Universalist National Memorial Church for each production. Sometimes they completely obscure its identity; other times they embrace very nook.

BWW Review: Cautionary TIMON OF ATHENS at Folger TheatreBWW Review: Cautionary TIMON OF ATHENS at Folger Theatre
May 17, 2017

Ian Merrill Peakes begins and ends his role as 'Timon of Athens' standing in the center of Folger Shakespeare Theatre's stage. At the start, he's basking in his glory as a prosperous master of the universe, happily dispersing his gold; in the end he's alone, torn down, penniless emotionally, at the mercy of gods, or fate, or something quite different than the riches that once defined him.

BWW Review: The Klunch's LAURA BUSH KILLED A GUYBWW Review: The Klunch's LAURA BUSH KILLED A GUY
May 8, 2017

Lisa Hodsoll emerges as fully First Lady in The Klunch world premiere 'Laura Bush Killed a Guy.' She's got that soft West Texas accent, the omnipresent smile as shiny as her pearls, a cream colored ensemble, and poise to burn.

BWW Review: MACBETH with Machine Guns at Shakespeare TheatreBWW Review: MACBETH with Machine Guns at Shakespeare Theatre
May 4, 2017

As investigations into Russian influence on U.S. elections continue, here's a development that has so far eluded Rachel Maddow: They may have also been behind the witches in 'Macbeth.'

BWW Review: RORSCHACH THEATRE World Premiere, FORGOTTEN KINGDOMSBWW Review: RORSCHACH THEATRE World Premiere, FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS
May 2, 2017

Randy Baker drew from his own upbringing in Asia to craft his play 'Forgotten Kingdoms,' getting a world premiere at Rorschach Theatre, where he is co-artistic director.

BWW Review: Raucous OR, at Round House TheatreBWW Review: Raucous OR, at Round House Theatre
April 19, 2017


BWW Review: Mosaic Theater's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHTBWW Review: Mosaic Theater's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT
April 14, 2017

The riveting, ready-made drama of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings animate a new production at the Mosaic Theater Company of DC.

BWW Review: Masterful PIKE ST. at Woolly MammothBWW Review: Masterful PIKE ST. at Woolly Mammoth
April 3, 2017

Nilaja Sun sits in the chair, absorbed in herself as the audience at Woolly Mammoth takes its seats for her electrifying one-woman 'Pike St.'

BWW Review: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO at the Kennedy Center
March 23, 2017

It's a long way from a cramped second-floor loft in lower Manhattan to the splendors of the Kennedy Center Opera House with a full orchestra.

BWW Review: Jay Leno Tells Jokes at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Jay Leno Tells Jokes at the Kennedy Center
March 20, 2017

What would have happened if Jay Leno were still hosting 'The Tonight Show' today?

BWW Review: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA at the Kennedy Center
March 17, 2017

As part of the the Kennedy Center's springtime spotlight on international directors, the first of three works by Palestinian playwrights opened at its Terrace Theatre Wednesday.

BWW Review: MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING at Signature TheatreBWW Review: MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING at Signature Theatre
March 13, 2017

Bad singers make interesting stories. After Meryl Streep got an Oscar nomination for her role as the classical world's Florence Foster Jenkins, last year, here comes Broadway's Debra Monk, warbling the pop repertoire of a mid-1960s musical misfit in a new musical full of Great White Way pedigree.

BWW Review: Theater J's Brainy THE HOW AND THE WHYBWW Review: Theater J's Brainy THE HOW AND THE WHY
February 23, 2017

Let's say you want to think deeply about the origins of menstruation. Perhaps you would go to a lecture on evolutionary biology.

BWW Review: 1st Stage's TREVOR Focuses on AbsurdityBWW Review: 1st Stage's TREVOR Focuses on Absurdity
February 8, 2017

Living in Connecticut eight years ago when a chimp being kept as a pet ripped the face off a neighbor, I found it tough to see anything but stark horror in the attack.

BWW Review: Spooky Action's Plunge into THE RIVERBWW Review: Spooky Action's Plunge into THE RIVER
February 7, 2017

The theater space at the Spooky Action Theatre is so intimate you immediately feel you're in the tiny cabin where all its action in Jez Butterworth's play The River takes place.

BWW Review: Mariinsky Ballet's Kicky LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSEBWW Review: Mariinsky Ballet's Kicky LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE
February 3, 2017

If the current state of U.S. relations with Russia seems dark and murky, it's opposite that in the Mariinsky Ballet's current offering at the Kennedy Center. The Little Humpbacked Horse is sunny and simple, light-hearted and soaring.



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