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


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


BWW Review: The Second City's NOTHING TO LOSE (BUT OUR CHAINS) at Woolly MammothBWW Review: The Second City's NOTHING TO LOSE (BUT OUR CHAINS) at Woolly Mammoth
Posted: Nov. 18, 2017


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


LAST 365 DAYS

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: In Series Revives Opera OBERONBWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERON
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


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


BWW Review: The Klunch's LAURA BUSH KILLED A GUYBWW Review: The Klunch's LAURA BUSH KILLED A GUY
Posted: May. 8, 2017


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: 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
Posted: Aug. 29, 2017


BWW Review: In Series Visits DUKE ELLINGTON'S NEIGHBORHOODBWW Review: In Series Visits DUKE ELLINGTON'S NEIGHBORHOOD
December 10, 2017

One of my first big stories assignments after I moved to Washington was tracking all the places that Duke Ellington lived, went to school, worked, hung out and performed with his orchestra in the city. I could walk to most of them.

BWW Review: FOREVER BALANCHINE: FAREWELL PERFORMANCES at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: FOREVER BALANCHINE: FAREWELL PERFORMANCES at Kennedy Center
December 10, 2017

When the opening night curtain rose on the final work of an emotional night - the last performances of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet that has been in residence at the Kennedy Center for 15 years - there was applause even before there was any movement.

BWW Review: Explosive NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN at Arena StageBWW Review: Explosive NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN at Arena Stage
November 20, 2017

Nina Simone didn't write her most iconic song inside Birmingham's bombed out 16th Street Baptist Church just after four girls were killed there in 1963. But she was so full of rage she could have. It's not the only flight of fancy in Christina Ham's dynamic theatrical work 'Nina Simone: Four Women' at Arena Stage.

BWW Review: The Second City's NOTHING TO LOSE (BUT OUR CHAINS) at Woolly MammothBWW Review: The Second City's NOTHING TO LOSE (BUT OUR CHAINS) at Woolly Mammoth
November 18, 2017

So one expects nothing more than laughs when an original show called 'The Second City Presents: Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains)' takes up residence at Woolly Mammoth.

BWW Review: A SHORT SERIES OF DISAGREEMENTS PRESENTED HERE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER at Studio TheatreBWW Review: A SHORT SERIES OF DISAGREEMENTS PRESENTED HERE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER at Studio Theatre
November 7, 2017

There was sufficient buzz about the booking of a new Daniel Kitson show at Studio Theatre this season that they would apparently take anything.

Half Dozen Micro-Plays in DIGITAL EYE at Blind WhinoHalf Dozen Micro-Plays in DIGITAL EYE at Blind Whino
October 18, 2017

Two days was an exceedingly short time to take in the innovative collaboration project this week titled 'Digital Eye.'

BWW Review: Close Up ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Folger TheatreBWW Review: Close Up ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
October 18, 2017

A condensed 'Antony and Cleopatra' at the Folger Theatre still has time for a couple of ensemble dance numbers straight out of 'Solid Gold,' a battle scene that's almost as well choreographed and a whole lot of kissing.

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.



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