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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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Review: BALLET HISPÁNICO: DOÑA PERÓN at Kennedy Center
December 4, 2022

If you're going to do a history of Eva Perón based entirely on movement, you'd be sure to include that iconic pose of the Argentine First Lady hands aloft at the radio microphones before adoring thousands.

Review: KANSAS CITY BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER at Kennedy Center
November 26, 2022

What did our critic think of KANSAS CITY BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER at Kennedy Center?

Review: HOME? at Voices Festival Productions
November 6, 2022

The New York-based Palestinian-Israeli actress Hend Ayoub knew she'd been at it a while when, after being in America for a few years, the roles she was asked to audition for moved from terrorist's daughter and terrorist's wife to terrorist's mother.

Review: LA LLORONA at We Happy Few
November 3, 2022


Review: FADE at Unexpected Stage Company
October 24, 2022

Before she became creator and show runner for the well-received three-season premium cable series 'Vida,' the playwright Tanya Saracho spent some time as a staffer in various TV writers' rooms, from HBO's 'Girls' and 'Looking' to ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder.'

Review: THE NOTEBOOKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI at Shakespeare Theatre Company
October 6, 2022

What did our critic think of THE NOTEBOOKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI at Shakespeare Theatre Company?

Review: MAPLE AND VINE at Spooky Action
October 4, 2022

What did our critic think of MAPLE AND VINE at Spooky Action?

Review: MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS at Imagination Stage
June 28, 2022


BWW Review: NOLLYWOOD DREAMS at Round House
June 15, 2022

What did our critic think of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS at Round House? It's likely to be a crowd-pleaser, since it's from Jocelyn Bioh, who's earlier 'School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play' was a hit at the Round House when it reopened following renovations in 2019.

BWW Review: ENGLISH WITH AN ACCENT at GALA Hispanic Theatre
April 6, 2022

One may never know what to expect on April Fool's Day, but a one-night-only performance by a Venezuelan-American artist at the GALA Hispanic theatre was certainly one of them.

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S 'DON QUIXOTE' at Kennedy Center
April 3, 2022

Couples planning intricate surprise dance moves at their upcoming wedding receptions might as well give up now. Nothing will ever top the astounding artistry and athleticism that is highlighted in the back and forth between the wedded pair in American Ballet Theatre's performance of 'Don Quixote' that caps their annual Kennedy Center residency.

BWW Review: ABT FORWARD at Kennedy Center
March 31, 2022

The Kennedy Center's 50th anniversary (whose celebrations have largely been pushed back a year due to the pandemic) coincides with the golden anniversary of the annual residency there of New York's American Ballet Theatre, whose first performance there came the day after the venerable Washington Performing Arts center opened in 1971.

BWW Review: THE CARTOGRAPHY PROJECT at The Kennedy Center
March 16, 2022

It was a long road to create 'The Cartography Project' - some 20 months, says Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter - dating back to the national and international uprisings following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. But, she said, in exploring the role that art and artists can play in social change, 'process is as important as performance.'

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Kennedy Center
February 27, 2022

'Jesus Christ Superstar' originally ascended more than a half century ago - an audacious creation, written from the philosophical viewpoint of Judas Iscariot.

BWW Review: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at The Kennedy Center
February 4, 2022

The pandemic changed the world and it changed art - most immediately in closing places where people would gather for it, for months on end.

BWW Review: TRANS AM at Keegan Theatre
February 1, 2022

Lisa Stephen Friday could have presented the eight semi-autobiographical songs she worked up with her band Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday, just as she once did at a series of Lower East Side clubs in the 90s.

BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Avant Bard Theatre
December 5, 2021

August Wilson was always a font of stories. In addition to the 10 plays of his lauded Pittsburgh Cycle, there were books, essays and poems largely about the African-American experience.

BWW Review: DE PASO at GALA Hispanic Theatre
November 13, 2021

'Heaven and earth' had to be moved in order to bring in an acclaimed dance company from Madrid to cap Fuego Flamenco XVII, the 17th annual Flamenco Festival at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, the theater's executive director Rebecca Medrano announced at its opening.

BWW Review: SALVADOR at GALA Hispanic Theatre
November 7, 2021

The 17th Fuego Flamenco Festival at the GALA Hispanic Theatre has opened with a returning favorite, Edwin Aparicio's spectacular autobiographical piece, 'Salvador.'

BWW Review: N at Keegan Theatre
October 27, 2021

The racial reckoning coursing through American theaters and arts companies as a result of last summer's social justice uprisings isn't a new thing.