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: Striking AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Striking AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Posted: Nov. 28, 2018


BWW Review: World Premiere ALL SAVE ONE at Washington Stage GuildBWW Review: World Premiere ALL SAVE ONE at Washington Stage Guild
Posted: Nov. 20, 2018


BWW Review: THE PANTIES, THE PARTNER AND THE PROFIT at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE PANTIES, THE PARTNER AND THE PROFIT at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Posted: Dec. 13, 2018


BWW Review: Keegan Theatre's Holiday Hit AN IRISH CAROLBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's Holiday Hit AN IRISH CAROL
Posted: Dec. 17, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Bracingly Timely Russian MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Bracingly Timely Russian MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Kennedy Center
Posted: Oct. 11, 2018


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: 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
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018


BWW Review: 4615 Theatre Company's WAXING WESTBWW Review: 4615 Theatre Company's WAXING WEST
Posted: Jan. 24, 2018


BWW Review: Keegan Theatre's Holiday Hit AN IRISH CAROLBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's Holiday Hit AN IRISH CAROL
December 17, 2018

Humbug's my usual reaction when there's yet another variation of 'A Christmas Carol' on local stages this time of year. Can't someone come up with an original idea for a Christmas play?

BWW Review: THE PANTIES, THE PARTNER AND THE PROFIT at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE PANTIES, THE PARTNER AND THE PROFIT at Shakespeare Theatre Company
December 13, 2018

For his fifth and final work with Shakespeare Theatre Company director Michael Khan, the playwright David Ives has not returned to rhyming couplet adaptations of French classics, as he did in 'The Liar,' 'The Heir Apparent,' 'The Metromaniacs' and 'the School for Lies.'

BWW Review: Striking AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Striking AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Shakespeare Theatre Company
November 28, 2018

Until director Stephen Daldry rediscovered J.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls,' it had been relegated to dull British backwaters as ho-hum sub-Agatha Christie drawing room fare.

BWW Review: World Premiere ALL SAVE ONE at Washington Stage GuildBWW Review: World Premiere ALL SAVE ONE at Washington Stage Guild
November 20, 2018

'All Save One' is Greg Jones Ellis' world premiere play about a 1950s Hollywood in which a Oscar Wilde-type playwright is ensconced in Hollywood, with a front marriage to a film star, a longtime relationship with a man who has become his secretary, and temptations right outside the window of his beachside home.

BWW Review: San Francisco Ballet Dazzles at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: San Francisco Ballet Dazzles at Kennedy Center
October 28, 2018


BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at Round House TheatreBWW Review: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at Round House Theatre
October 17, 2018

What was it like 21 years ago when Paula Vogel's 'How I Learned to Drive' premiered off-Broadway?

BWW Review: Spooky Action's NEW GUIDELINES FOR PEACEFUL TIMESBWW Review: Spooky Action's NEW GUIDELINES FOR PEACEFUL TIMES
October 16, 2018

In April 1945, the war in Europe had all but wrapped up, but it would be another month before the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender. As such, new immigration policies had yet to be drawn up for refugees in other countries, such as Brazil, where a lot of former Nazis were said to be heading.

BWW Review: Bracingly Timely Russian MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Bracingly Timely Russian MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Kennedy Center
October 11, 2018


BWW Review: The Klunch's Failed HOW TO WIN A RACE WARBWW Review: The Klunch's Failed HOW TO WIN A RACE WAR
September 26, 2018

The new 'How to Win a Race War,' at the DC Arts Center, is awful. The new 'How to Start a Race War,' at the DC Arts Center, is awful.

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.



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