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Roger Catlin

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: MY JOY IS HEAVY! by The Bengsons from Arena Stage PhotoBWW Review: MY JOY IS HEAVY! by The Bengsons from Arena Stage
Posted: Mar. 19, 2021


BWW Review: A Virtual MOTHERS AND SONS from MetroStage PhotoBWW Review: A Virtual MOTHERS AND SONS from MetroStage
Posted: Jan. 14, 2021


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL - THE RADIO PLAY at Ford's Theatre PhotoBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL - THE RADIO PLAY at Ford's Theatre
Posted: Dec. 20, 2020


BWW Review: THE OHIO STATE MURDERS at Round House Theater PhotoBWW Review: THE OHIO STATE MURDERS at Round House Theater
Posted: Dec. 7, 2020


BWW Review: A BOY AND HIS SOUL at Round House Theatre PhotoBWW Review: A BOY AND HIS SOUL at Round House Theatre
Posted: Mar. 24, 2021


BWW Review: AN IRISH CAROL On Demand from Keegan Theatre PhotoBWW Review: AN IRISH CAROL On Demand from Keegan Theatre
Posted: Dec. 29, 2020


BWW Review: LA TIA JULIA Y EL ESCRIBIDOR (AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER) at GALA Hi PhotoBWW Review: LA TIA JULIA Y EL ESCRIBIDOR (AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER) at GALA Hispanic Theatre
Posted: May. 4, 2021


BWW Review: NSO LABOR DAY CONCERT FEATURING BEN FOLDS at Kennedy Center REACH
September 7, 2021

The pandemic has thrown traditional events like the National Symphony Orchestra's annual Labor Day concert for a loop for two years running. Held for years on the West Lawn of the Capitol, it had to be broadcast last year to an audience parked at RFK stadium, watching on screens and listening to their car radios.

BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at Signature Theatre
August 2, 2021

Inspired in part by August Wilson's 10-play depiction of Pittsburgh life, Dominique Morisseau embarked on a similar ambition reflecting the Motor City in her 'Detroit Project.'

BWW Review: CLOWNTIME at Dance Loft On 14
July 17, 2021

Dire statistical upticks remind us that we're not quite out of the Pandemic Era. Live theater is still largely virtual; tickets are being sold for the fall but with crossed fingers the performances will actually go on.

BWW Review: WHERE WE BELONG at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
June 15, 2021

It's becoming common for theaters to pause before each production and include, alongside the usual cell phone reminders, a land acknowledgement, recognizing indigenous people that came before.

BWW Review: WE'RE GONNA DIE at Round House Theatre
June 15, 2021

You can tell things are getting better in the world just by watching the Round House Theatre's latest production. It's the last of their filmed productions, for one thing. At its start, more people are seen coming into the theater to react to the performance - some 25 instead of the five or 10 in past productions. It's not strictly a solo performance on stage, as others have been - there's a backing band that even sometimes interacts.

BWW Review: A SURPRISE PROGRAM by the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Kennedy Center
June 4, 2021

The biggest surprise about the surprise program at the Kennedy Center by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction fo Gianandrea Noseda may have been that it was happening at all.

BWW Review: MAIMOUNA YOUSSEF aka MUMU FRESH at Kennedy Center
May 6, 2021

The penultimate program in the Kennedy Center's Young Audiences streamed season features the music of Baltimore-born and D.C. raised singer Maimouna Youssef.

BWW Review: THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP at Round House Theatre
May 6, 2021

In the most trying of times, the Round House Theatre has managed to put together a pretty remarkable season, entirely online but leaning on one-person showcases that eliminated the need of distancing among cast members.

BWW Review: LA TIA JULIA Y EL ESCRIBIDOR (AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER) at GALA Hispanic Theatre
May 4, 2021

In Mario Vargas Llosa's novel about his early days as a writer, his main character tries and tries again to get his work right. To present a live production of that tale, 'La Tía Julia y el escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)' at the GALA Hispanic Theatre required the same patience and determination.

BWW Review: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE streamed from MetroStage
April 23, 2021

MetroStage is starting to wind down its lockdown era with a second streamed work of Terrence McNally, the esteemed American playwright who himself died of COVID complications a year ago.

BWW Review: NECESSARY SACRIFICES at Ford's Theatre
April 13, 2021

Ford's Theatre will forever be tied to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln who was assassinated there 156 years ago this week. So amid a lingering pandemic, the otherwise closed stage is offering a radio version of a work it commissioned nine years ago to coincide with the opening of the theater's Center for Education and Leadership.

BWW Review: FALU: A JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA at Kennedy Center
April 6, 2021

The third of the Kennedy Center’s six online Performances for Young Audiences this spring is a musical one — and one that can be enjoyed by a much wider age range.

BWW Review: A BOY AND HIS SOUL at Round House Theatre
March 24, 2021

This is the 50th anniversary year for Philadelphia International Records, the outfit founded by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff that gave us, among many other things, 'TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia), the ebullient instrumental by MFSB, given life as the theme of 'Soul Train' and used to great effect once more in the Round House Theatre's online production of 'A Boy and His Soul.'

BWW Review: MY JOY IS HEAVY! by The Bengsons from Arena Stage
March 19, 2021

As we enter the second year of pandemic, theater companies have largely shifted from live performance spaces to film and video producers. When new work is offered, it streams online, often created by the artists themselves.

BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE streaming from Washington Stage Guild
March 18, 2021

A strong cast and steady pace make this rare performance of Shaw's first hit work a worthwhile free tune-in.

BWW Interview: Jordan Friend of OLD SOUL at 4615 Theatre Company
February 23, 2021

Jordan Friend of 4615 Theatre Company talks about his 'Old Soul,'an interactive Zoom call concert and monologue with real time audience feedback

BWW Review: A Virtual MOTHERS AND SONS from MetroStage
January 14, 2021

Reliving the effects of one deadly plague era during another one, which contributed to the death of its celebrated playwright Terrence McNally last year.

BWW Review: AN IRISH CAROL On Demand from Keegan Theatre
December 29, 2020

The original cast of a local favorite returns to animate a long Christmas Eve in a Dublin pub, in a production marred by its indifferent online presentation.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL - THE RADIO PLAY at Ford's Theatre
December 20, 2020

Craig Wallace returns for his fifth season as Ebenezer Scrooge in a production that's a tour de force in sound design.

BWW Review: THE OHIO STATE MURDERS at Round House Theater
December 7, 2020

The third online production in the series, and the second from Kennedy’s Alexander Plays, is a penetrating, seemingly straightforward tale of mid-20th century discrimination in academia, blended with unspeakable crime.



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