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: Folger's Ambitious Restoration MACBETHBWW Review: Folger's Ambitious Restoration MACBETH
Posted: Sep. 13, 2018


BWW Review: GALA Theatre's Tasty LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATEBWW Review: GALA Theatre's Tasty LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
Posted: Sep. 11, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: In Series Visits DUKE ELLINGTON'S NEIGHBORHOODBWW Review: In Series Visits DUKE ELLINGTON'S NEIGHBORHOOD
Posted: Dec. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Explosive NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN at Arena StageBWW Review: Explosive NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN at Arena Stage
Posted: Nov. 20, 2017


BWW Review: FOREVER BALANCHINE: FAREWELL PERFORMANCES at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: FOREVER BALANCHINE: FAREWELL PERFORMANCES at Kennedy Center
Posted: Dec. 10, 2017


BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY Returns to the Kennedy CenterReview: THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY at the Kennedy Center
Posted: Dec. 31, 2017


BWW Review: The Second City's GENERATION GAP at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: The Second City's GENERATION GAP at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 23, 2018


BWW Review: First Rate Revival of Bergman's AFTER THE REHEARSAL / PERSONA at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: First Rate Revival of Bergman's AFTER THE REHEARSAL / PERSONA at Kennedy Center
Posted: Apr. 20, 2018


BWW Review: Folger's Ambitious Restoration MACBETHBWW Review: Folger's Ambitious Restoration MACBETH
September 13, 2018


BWW Review: GALA Theatre's Tasty LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATEBWW Review: GALA Theatre's Tasty LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
September 11, 2018

The GALA Hispanic Theatre is opening its 43rd season with a new adaptation of Laura Esquivel's popular 1989 novel 'Like Water for Chocolate' that had previously been made into a hit Mexican film of the same name in 1992.

BWW Review: Longacre Lea's THE INTERSTELLAR GHOST HOUR at The Callan TheatreBWW Review: Longacre Lea's THE INTERSTELLAR GHOST HOUR at The Callan Theatre
August 20, 2018

In Kathleen Akerley's 'Interstellar Ghost Hour,' the latest fanciful play from Longacre Lea, an astronaut travels back through time and space to arrive in her deceased parents home to get some answers.

BWW Review: Almond Joy: Constellation Theatre Company's MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCEBWW Review: Almond Joy: Constellation Theatre Company's MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE
August 15, 2018

Sarah Ruhl is one of the most produced contemporary playwrights today, with provocative works like 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' and 'In the Room: The Vibrator Play.' Less often produced is one of her earliest plays, the 2002 'Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce,' especially since she reworked it in recent years as a chamber musical.

BWW Review: HAPPY ENDING at Anacostia PlayhouseBWW Review: HAPPY ENDING at Anacostia Playhouse
August 14, 2018

The admirable goal of the All About the Drama theater group is to reproduce classics of African-American theater. Its second production currently at the Anacostia Playhouse is from Douglas Turner Ward, co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company.

BWW Review: Upright Citizens Brigade's DAMNED IF YOU DO at Woolly MammothBWW Review: Upright Citizens Brigade's DAMNED IF YOU DO at Woolly Mammoth
July 12, 2018

'Seinfeld' might have been a TV show about nothing, but shows by the Upright Citizens Brigade at Woolly Mammoth literally begin with nothing.

BWW Review: Ally Theatre's #POOLPARTYBWW Review: Ally Theatre's #POOLPARTY
July 2, 2018

Ally Theatre's '#poolparty' is a prime example of discovering a little known chapter of local history, fashioning it into art and creating a more universal statement.

BWW Review: The Second City's GENERATION GAP at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: The Second City's GENERATION GAP at Kennedy Center
June 23, 2018


BWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTISBWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS
June 19, 2018

'Holocaust Opera' is probably not the most inviting description for the season ending offering for the In Series.

BWW Review: Gender SWITCH from The Welders at Fringe Logan Arts SpaceBWW Review: Gender SWITCH from The Welders at Fringe Logan Arts Space
June 11, 2018

Talk about 'Freaky Friday.' Brett Abelman's new play 'Switch,' at Fringe Logan Arts Space, is more like 'Freaky Pride Weekend.' A straight D.C. couple matched up by their mutual genderqueer friend find themselves in the afterglow of intimacy having switched bodies and hence gender. The balance of the play is exploring the abrupt switch amid Pride Weekend and trying to figure out how or whether they should try to switch back.

BWW Review: Historic Return of the BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Historic Return of the BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA at the Kennedy Center
June 1, 2018

It was 40 years ago this week that the Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its historic U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center. There, the remarkable Alicia Alonso was not only artistic director but star performer, who became a ballet force at the American Ballet Theatre and elsewhere despite an eye condition she had since a teenager that caused partial blindness.

BWW Review: Spooky Action Theater's THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRSBWW Review: Spooky Action Theater's THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS
May 23, 2018

Spooky Action Theater is good about seeking out interesting works from unusual sources. Their latest is from Carole Frechette, an award-winning Canadian playwright whose work has only sporadically been produced in the states.

BWW Review: Keegan Theatre's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOWBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW
May 13, 2018

The kind of well-worn rock club set designer Matthew J. Keenan creates for the production of Laura Easton's 'The Undeniable Sound of Right Now' at the Keegan Theatre is so authentic, with its decades of rock posters, stickers and graffiti, you can almost smell the stale beer in the floorboards. The instincts not to visit the restroom rise to full force.

BWW Review: Pointless Theatre Revisits THE RITE OF SPRINGBWW Review: Pointless Theatre Revisits THE RITE OF SPRING
May 7, 2018

It was on a May evening 105 years ago when the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet 'The Rite of Spring' caused booing, catcalls and near riots in Paris.

BWW Review: Druid's Vivid WAITING FOR GODOT at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Druid's Vivid WAITING FOR GODOT at Shakespeare Theatre Company
April 27, 2018

It seemed like a clever in-joke when the first lobby announcement at the Shakespeare Theatre Company began, 'We appreciate your patience...'

BWW Review: First Rate Revival of Bergman's AFTER THE REHEARSAL / PERSONA at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: First Rate Revival of Bergman's AFTER THE REHEARSAL / PERSONA at Kennedy Center
April 20, 2018

For being the centennial of Ingmar Bergman's birth, there seems to be very little evidence of the Swedish director's work around. It's hard to find even his best known films; his name is known to some generations only as a reference in the work of Woody Allen.

BWW Review: EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS at GALA Hispanic TheatreBWW Review: EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS at GALA Hispanic Theatre
April 17, 2018

The four Mirabal sisters, who resisted the oppressive dictatorship of Gen. Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in the mid 20th century, became folk heroes decades after three of them were murdered by the regime nearly 70 years ago.

BWW Dance Review: DEMO: NOW Finds Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENTBWW Dance Review: DEMO: NOW Finds Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT
March 10, 2018

Curator Damian Woetzel chooses dancers and choreographers presenting excerpts of new pieces, works in progress, or in the case of the event in conjunction with the inaugural Direct Current series, a world premiere.

BWW Review: Taylor Mac's A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: ABRIDGED at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Taylor Mac's A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: ABRIDGED at the Kennedy Center
March 8, 2018

The Kennedy Center kicked off its multidisciplinary contemporary cultural assault Tuesday with something thought to embody the approach, Taylor Macs 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776-2016).'

BWW Review: Avant Bard's Timely Revival of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUSBWW Review: Avant Bard's Timely Revival of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
March 1, 2018

What if gospel music was taken out of church? What if its structure, soul and power were applied to some other ancient stories, such as, for example, Sophocles, where actors talk about gods plural?



1