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Roger Catlin

Roger Catlin, a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, is a Washington D.C.-based arts writer whose work appears regularly in SmithsonianMagazine.com. and AARP the Magazine. He has also written for The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and Salon and was a staff writer for The Hartford Courant in Connecticut for 25 years. 




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BWW Review: NEW YEAR'S EVE TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN  at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: NEW YEAR'S EVE TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jan. 3, 2020


BWW Review: LOVE, FACTUALLY  at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: LOVE, FACTUALLY at Kennedy Center
Posted: Dec. 9, 2019


BWW Review: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY  at The National Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY at The National Theatre
Posted: Feb. 1, 2020


BWW Review: CION: REQUIEM OF RAVEL'S BOLERO by Vuyani Dance Theatre At Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: CION: REQUIEM OF RAVEL'S BOLERO by Vuyani Dance Theatre At Kennedy Center
Posted: Jan. 26, 2020


BWW Review: Washington National Opera's SAMSON AND DELILAH at the Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: Washington National Opera's SAMSON AND DELILAH at the Kennedy Center
Posted: Mar. 4, 2020


BWW Review: A TIME TO SING: AN EVENING WITH RENEE FLEMING AND VANESSA WILLIAMS at The Kennedy Center
September 27, 2020

If you were planning the first in-person performance in the Kennedy Center in six months, a kind of historic cultural awakening after the darkness of the pandemic lockdown, you couldn't go wrong with a double bill of Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams.

BWW Review: THE TELEPHONIC LITERARY UNION'S 'HUMAN RESOURCES' at Woolly Mammoth
September 27, 2020


BWW Interview: Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic
August 4, 2020

When Eugene Rogers became the fifth artistic director of The Washington Chorus in February, he wasn't counting on the worldwide pandemic to explode every plan just weeks later. Presenting a 200-person choir, shoulder to shoulder, mouths open was out of the question, even if they were emitting a glorious sound.

BWW Feature: THE WISDOM OF TERRENCE MCNALLY, 1938-2020
March 26, 2020

Theater suffered a huge loss this week when the playwright Terrence McNally died at 81, of complications of our current plague, the coronavirus. It was a sad irony since many of McNally's plays dealt with the effects of a previous plague, AIDS, in the 1980s.

BWW Review: THE REALISTIC JONESES at Spooky Action Theater
March 17, 2020

It may have been unrealistic to open a new play amid the coronavirus pandemic, but 'The Realistic Joneses' did just that on Saturday at Spooky Action Theatre, a group whose name inspires no further confidence (it's named after Einstein's term for quantum entanglement - the ability of separate objects to share a condition at a distance).

BWW Review: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER at Avant Bard Theatre
March 4, 2020

Tennessee Williams, in his lifetime, wrote more than 70 one-act plays - some just sketches, many that went unpublished until after his death in 1983 at 71.

BWW Review: Washington National Opera's SAMSON AND DELILAH at the Kennedy Center
March 4, 2020

Bad haircuts can be tragic, but none more so than for Samson, the Biblical figure whose strength was sapped the moment his mullet was gone. The treacherous shearing by a revenge-seeking Delilah launched centuries of retelling, including Camille Saint-Saëns' opera 'Samson and Delilah' which the Washington National Opera is currently presenting at the Kennedy Center in repertoire with 'Don Giovanni.'

BWW Review: THIS BITTER EARTH at Theater Alliance
March 2, 2020

Write what you know, authors are often advised. And 'This Bitter Earth,' a vivid tale from prolific playwright Harrison David Rivers reflects a partnership between a back writer and a white activist in Minnesota that is very similar to his own.

BWW Review: SUICIDE.CHAT.ROOM Revived at Taffety Punk
February 29, 2020


BWW Review: TIMON OF ATHENS at Shakespeare Theatre Company
February 27, 2020

The week the stock market erases its year's gains may be just the right time to open a not-often produced play about swift changes in fortune.

BWW Review: WEEP from Nu Sass Productions at Caos On F
February 24, 2020

Walking into the Nu Sass world premiere 'Weep' is like stepping into the living and work space of its characters.

BWW Review: EXQUISITA AGONÍA (EXQUISITE AGONY) at GALA Hispanic Theatre
February 11, 2020

When her husband suddenly dies in a traffic accident, an opera singer mourns, but also wants to get in touch with the organ recipient. Who received the heart of her husband, and did it carry with it more than just the tissue and muscle?

BWW Review: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY at The National Theatre
February 1, 2020

There is certainly a dramatic story to be told behind the highly successful '60s folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, from their brief high school success that got them on 'American Bandstand' to their later 1960s stardom, their love/hate relationship and mutual artistic dependence. All of that is barely mentioned, though, in the nationally touring 'The Simon & Garfunkel Story,' currently in a three show run at the National Theatre.

BWW Review: THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA: FORSYTH, KYLIÁN, RATMANSKY at The Kennedy Center
January 30, 2020

The traveling ballet works that tend to fill the Kennedy Center Opera House are usually the big, brand name costumed works - 'The Nutcracker,' 'Swan Lake' (a version of which played last week; another is coming in April) and 'The Sleeping Beauty,' which in fact the National Ballet of Canada is doing through Sunday.

BWW Review: BLOOMSDAY at Washington Stage Guild
January 28, 2020

If there's a D.C. theater company that would approach presenting James Joyce, it'd be the literary-minded Washington Theatre Guild, which has made its mark by presenting everything written by George Bernard Shaw, among other ambitious projects.

BWW Review: CION: REQUIEM OF RAVEL'S BOLERO by Vuyani Dance Theatre At Kennedy Center
January 26, 2020


BWW Review: NEW YEAR'S EVE TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN at Kennedy Center
January 3, 2020

Some of Aretha Franklin's greatest performances happened at the Kennedy Center - chief of which may have been a 2015 performance of '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' at the Kennedy Center Honors that made Barack Obama shed a tear in the Presidential box.

BWW Review: I TAKE YOUR HAND IN MINE... at Taffety Punk
December 12, 2019


BWW Review: LOVE, FACTUALLY at Kennedy Center
December 9, 2019

The 2003 romantic comedy 'Love Actually' airs every year, so why not the parody of it as well?

BWW Review: A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS at Signature Theatre
December 5, 2019

Because Christmas is mandatory on entertainment stages all month, it's no surprise that a cabaret at Signature Theatre is again devoted to the Yuletide songbook. But in a clever and very welcome variation, they've approached the holiday through the classic interpretations of one of America's favorite labels.



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