Author Archive | Keith Tittermary


‘Bat Boy: The Musical’ at 1st Stage

In 1992, the Weekly World News supermarket tabloid published an article with the headline “Bat Child Found In A Cave”. Over the past 20 years Bat Boy has been seen everywhere from running for the California governor race to dating Heidi Klum. In 1997 newcomer playwrights Keythe Farley and Brian Fleming approached up-and-coming composer Lauren […]

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National Philharmonic: ‘Sarah Chang Plays Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ at The Music Center at Strathmore

The National Philharmonic is constantly changing both in size and in artistic depth, and it was evident on Saturday night at Strathmore as the Philharmonic was their own opening act presenting Strauss’ Metamorphosen. The somber Strauss piece is written for 23 solo instruments – all strings – and just as the title suggests, the National […]

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Lily Tomlin at The Music Center at Strathmore

Thirty-plus years after 6-year old Edith Ann debuted on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, the eternally young Edith Ann was complaining about her big sister Irene’s iPhone and how she “texthhhsss” too much. “I wish she would run away,” the precocious child said on Saturday night in front of a very large and robust crowd at […]

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Aquila Theatre’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Keith Tittermary

“It was a pleasure to burn.” The opening line of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 magnum opus, Fahrenheit 451 sets the mood for a dystopian society where firemen set fires and critical thinking is non-existent, and all “facts” are delivered to you through picture walls. The great Science fiction writer Bradbury, who passed away in 2012, never liked […]

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Beethoven’s Eternal Masterworks-Piotr Gajewski, Conductor and Soovin Kim, Violin at Strathmore by Keith Tittermary

Just before Christmas in 1808, four notes opened Beethoven’s latest composition and those notes according to fellow composer Robert Schumann, “will go on centuries hence, as long as the world and the world’s music endures.” Those four notes, or rather three Gs’ and an E-flat, would live on in concert halls and become somewhat of […]

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‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ at Strathmore by Keith Tittermary

In the early 1990s, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero met playing in a metal band in their native Mexico City. After a record deal fell through, the platonic couple found themselves busking on the streets of Dublin. After the 2006 release of their self-titled album, the duo found themselves being thrust into international fame: performing […]

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Carolyn Cole and James Gardiner. Photo by Christopher Mueller.

‘Spin’ at Signature Theatre by Keith Tittermary

Signature Theatre somehow finds a way to keep outdoing itself. This year, they launched their brand new “Siglab” – a program “to provide writers of new musicals a chance to see their work in a workshop form in front of an audience before it receives a full production.” This summer the theatre in Shirlington is sizzling […]

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‘Chaplin’s Masterpiece: Modern Times’ at The Baltimore Symphony at Strathmore by Keith Tittermary

In 1936, Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, and starred in his final silent movie, Modern Times. His trademark character, The Little Tramp, with his toothbrush mustache and bowler hat would make his final appearance in this film. (Although a similar character appears in Chaplin’s later film The Great Dictator, he has stated that it is not […]

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