Tag Archives | Courtney Kalbacker


2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Once Upon a Bedtime’

The Silver Finch Arts Collective is back at the Fringe Festival with their first children’s show: Once Upon a Bedtime. But what a sophisticated children’s show! Five skilled musicians lead a cast of accomplished singers through an enchanting opera. And fear not parents, your children will be so entranced by this world of magical scarves […]

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‘Carousel’ at Live Arts Maryland

The version of Carousel, with Music by Richard Rodgers and Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, presented in the recently renovated theater of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis by Live Arts Maryland, is not so much a full production of a musical as it is a performance of the rich, lush sounds of the […]

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‘The Gypsy Baron’ at Victorian Lyric Opera Company

One might not be surprised to hear Johann Strauss Jr’s The Gypsy Baron described as delightful and charming, as that is what a late 19th century Viennese operetta aspires to be, but fresh and contemporary might not be the first words that come to mind. The new production playing this weekend at Rockville’s F. Scott Fitzgerald […]

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‘The Whole Truth’ at Urban Arias

“Contemporary Opera” or even “Original Opera” are not categories that immediately reveal their meanings to the average consumer of theatre. Sure, we may know and love the likes of RENT, Sweeney Todd or Spring Awakening, but even if these do indeed qualify as operas, as they’re entirely sung, we know in our hearts they’re not […]

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The Fairy Queen (Denise Young) and the Fairy Ensemble. Photo by Harry Levine.

‘Iolanthe’ at The Victorian Lyric Opera by Anne Tsang

Given the current political climate, The Victorian Lyric Opera Company’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s political satire Iolanthe seems particularly apropos. The operetta, now playing at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, revolving around the clash between the fairy kingdom and the House of Lords allows for ample opportunities for playful fairy tale elements and for […]

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Trial by Jury: Joshua Milton, Emma Jensen, Denise Young, Rand Huntzinger, and Courtney Kalbacker. Photo by Harvey Levine.

Coming to The Capital Fringe Festival: ‘Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury’ by Ed Vilade

GILBERT & SULLIVAN CREATE LAW AND DISORDER IN WILD ‘TRIAL’ Pop culture collides with stodgy British Jurisprudence in this year’s Victorian Lyric Opera Company entry in the Capital Fringe Festival this July, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. A showboating judge, a rich playboy, a famous actress, and her Harvard lawyer face off in Britain’s […]

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