Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler focusses on the frustrated existence of its title character, exploring core issues of power, control, and social expectation. Bored and restricted by her middle-class environment, Hedda plays out her own fantasies and psychological games with those nearest to her to an ultimately cos... read more

Hello, Goodbye, Peace

Alina, a barista at a Manhattan coffee shop, has dreams of climbing the economic ladder to change the world. Robert, a former engineer/inventor turned stock broker, gave up on a dream of launching a business around his lifelike robotic puppies for allergic children. From their first "hello" at th... read more

Hobson's Choice

Henry Hobson runs a boot manufacturer business in 1880s Salford, England. He is overbearing, controlling, and a drunk. When his eldest daughter, Maggie, stands up to him and announces her intentions to marry one of Hobson’s employees, Willie Mossop, Hobson is astounded. He refuses to settle a dow... read more

The Home Place

It is August 1878 in County Donegal, Ireland, at the Lodge, the decaying home of the Gores, a family of English aristocrats. The time is just before the onset of agrarian reform, the movement that would begin to restore Ireland to the Irish. Christopher Gore, an unassuming, kindly landlord, lon... read more

The Homecoming

Often considered one of Harold Pinter’s most ambiguous plays, The Homecoming explores issues of sex, power, and the female role in a cryptic, yet enthralling, manner. The action takes place in an old house in north London. It is the home of an all-male family, presided over by the abusive patriar... read more

Honus and Me

An adaptation of the book by Dan Guttman. A young boy named Joey, who loves baseball, finds the rarest baseball card ever in his neighbor's attic while he is cleaning it. The card is of Honus Wagner, who promptly appears and takes him on a journey of self-discovery. read more

The Hothouse

The director of an institution, Roote, is extremely stressed out to the point that he is losing his sanity. His subordinate Gibbs is so ambitious that it undercuts his authority, his subordinate Lush is an alcoholic, and his mistress, Miss Cutts, is scheming and having an affair with Gibbs. One... read more

The House of Blue Leaves

The lives of a Queens, New York, family get turned upside down as Pope Paul VI visits New York City. Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper/failed singer-songwriter, longs to find fame in Hollywood with his girlfriend, Bunny. Artie’s mentally ill wife, Bananas, with whom he lives, imagines herself to be... read more

The House of Sleeping Beauties

The play is David Hwang's adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's novel, House of the Sleeping Beauties. The playwright imagines how the novelist might have been inspired to write his book. In the play, Kawabata wants to visit a brothel for research for a short story. He is distraught over his frien... read more

How He Lied to Her Husband

How He Lied to Her Husband is a thinly veiled farce of George Bernard Shaw’s wildly successful play Candida. The play is an amusing tale that involves the blurred lines of infidelity, budding romance, and the fear of being caught by the better half. A married, aristocratic woman named Aurora is h... read more