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: Bold I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at the Round House TheatreBWW Review: Bold I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at the Round House Theatre
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Emotional, Impressionistic I KILLED MY MOTHER at Spooky ActionBWW Review: Emotional, Impressionistic I KILLED MY MOTHER at Spooky Action
Posted: Sep. 19, 2017


BWW Review: In Series Stages THE MAGIC FLUTE at Masonic TempleBWW Review: In Series Stages THE MAGIC FLUTE at Masonic Temple
Posted: Sep. 28, 2017


BWW Review: Factory 449's Powerful LELA & COBWW Review: Factory 449's Powerful LELA & CO
Posted: Sep. 25, 2017


BWW Review: SOTTO VOCE at Theatre JBWW Review: SOTTO VOCE at Theatre J
Posted: Oct. 13, 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: In Series Revives Opera OBERONBWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERON
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


BWW Review: SOTTO VOCE at Theatre JBWW Review: SOTTO VOCE at Theatre J
October 13, 2017

The current worldwide refugee crisis is the right time to recall the tragedy of the U.S.S. St. Louis, the German ocean liner that set sail in 1939 with 937 Jews seeking new homes. Cruelly denied entry to Cuba, the U.S. and Canada, the refugee ship had to turn back to Europe where hundreds of the once hopeful passengers subsequently perished in the Holocaust.

BWW Review: Bold I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at the Round House TheatreBWW Review: Bold I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at the Round House Theatre
October 13, 2017

With its emphasis on both 1960s psychedelic rock music and the Three Stooges, it would seem the latest offering at the Round House Theatre was tailored precisely for my taste.

BWW Review: In Series Stages THE MAGIC FLUTE at Masonic TempleBWW Review: In Series Stages THE MAGIC FLUTE at Masonic Temple
September 28, 2017

In its 30 seasons as a community-based, portable opera company, the In Series organization has appeared on a number of local stages, in colleges, revamped movie houses and contemporary theater spaces.

BWW Review: Factory 449's Powerful LELA & COBWW Review: Factory 449's Powerful LELA & CO
September 25, 2017

The riveting story of 'Lela & Co' occurs in a country that is not named; it could and, sadly, probably is going on in a number of places.

BWW Review: Emotional, Impressionistic I KILLED MY MOTHER at Spooky ActionBWW Review: Emotional, Impressionistic I KILLED MY MOTHER at Spooky Action
September 19, 2017

Being called 'the Tennessee Williams of Transylvania' is just about the coolest moniker a playwright could receive.

BWW Review: Mosaic Brings THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHBWW Review: Mosaic Brings THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
August 29, 2017

The Mosaic Theater Company ignites its third season with a sure hit, a proven crowd-pleaser about the Empress of Blues.

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?



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