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.


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


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


BWW Review: Spooky Action's Plunge into THE RIVERBWW Review: Spooky Action's Plunge into THE RIVER
Posted: Feb. 7, 2017


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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: 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.

BWW Review: Momentum Dance Theatre's JAZZ HIP HOP NUTCRACKERBWW Review: Momentum Dance Theatre's JAZZ HIP HOP NUTCRACKER
December 13, 2016

Of the variations of Tchaikovsky's classics that take over the holiday season, Duke Ellington's 'The Nutcracker Suite' is one that's had staying power. The 1960 arrangement with Billy Strayhorn showed an irreverent, relaxed, cool jazz approach, with a sense of humor.

BWW Review: In Series Stages Rare GOYESCASBWW Review: In Series Stages Rare GOYESCAS
December 12, 2016

Leave it to the venerable In Series to mark the 100th anniversary of Enrique Granados' rarely heard and even more rarely seen opera 'Goyescas.'

BWW Review: Folger Consort's Musical THE SECOND SHEPHERDS' PLAYBWW Review: Folger Consort's Musical THE SECOND SHEPHERDS' PLAY
December 6, 2016

Falstaff had the girth and beard to make for a decent Santa, but Shakespeare never wrote anything close to a Christmas play.

BWW Review: Delightful MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Round HouseBWW Review: Delightful MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Round House
December 5, 2016

When every theater company feels compelled to do something Christmas-themed come December, it can lead to either overusing certain titles or creating fluffy trifles.

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
November 25, 2016

As expected this time of year as TV ads, wreaths and shopping center crowds, 'The Nutcracker' has by now gone beyond being merely a beloved holiday tradition to possibly being the country's most performed work of any type - dance, music or theater. Multiple productions of it appear in dozens of cities year after year and is as much a part of family custom by now as opening presents.

BWW Review: Open Circle Returns with THE WHO's TOMMYBWW Review: Open Circle Returns with THE WHO's TOMMY
November 14, 2016

'Tommy,' the groundbreaking 1969 set by the Who that it dubbed a rock opera, finds a new dimension in the Open Circle Theatre production in Silver Spring.

BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at KeeganBWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at Keegan
November 11, 2016

More than 25 years after it was first staged, 'Six Degrees of Separation,' John Guare's sly tale of a young con man captivating and ultimately fooling an upper East Side couple, seems almost like a period piece.

BWW Review: San Francisco Ballet's Splendid CINDERELLA at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: San Francisco Ballet's Splendid CINDERELLA at Kennedy Center
October 31, 2016

Before ballet stages everywhere become crowded with nutcrackers and their gala holiday accouterments, there is still time for other sturdy folk tales of enchantment set to Russian music and popular with children with which to spin off imaginative ballets.

BWW Review: KISS is Not Just a Kiss at Woolly MammothBWW Review: KISS is Not Just a Kiss at Woolly Mammoth
October 17, 2016

I wish you could see 'Kiss' at Woolly Mammoth Theatre the way I did: Without a lot of advance insight, no prior research and only the vague knowledge it was an adaptation of a foreign play.

BWW Review: THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at ArenaBWW Review: THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at Arena
October 17, 2016

One of the failings of human beings is the hesitance to visit those who have lost loved ones. We wonder about the right thing to say when the actual requirement is to be present and to listen. That's all that's asked of audience members for 'The Year of Magical Thinking,' Joan Didion's adaptation of her own award-winning memoir into a one-woman play, now at Arena Stage.

BWW Review: Powerful ILIAD at Taffety PunkBWW Review: Powerful ILIAD at Taffety Punk
October 10, 2016

By now the world is used to inhumane aberrations like ten-year wars. But back when Homer wrote his epic poem, it was still something to rage about, as he did about the siege of Troy by the Greeks in the Trojan War.

BWW Review: DANTE'S INFERNO a Spectacle at Synetic TheaterBWW Review: DANTE'S INFERNO a Spectacle at Synetic Theater
October 4, 2016

Those people building ambitious commercial haunted houses this month might just call if quits when they see how much they've been outdone by the inventiveness and intent of Synetic Theater's 'Dante's Inferno.'



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