Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Richard III

Richard III is the last of Shakespeare's War of the Roses plays, which cover the great wars between the houses of York and Lancashire. At this point, Edward IV has firmly consolidated power, but his scheming brother, Richard, is plotting to take the throne for himself. He asks Lady Anne to mar... read more

Wit

Vivian Bearing, a brilliant and uncompromising professor of English Literature who has spent years specializing in the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. She agrees to undergo an experimental chemotherapy treatment that, although not guaranteed to save he... read more

The Giver

The Giver is Eric Coble's stage adaption of Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award-winning book. The world of The Giver is a utopia. There is no pain, but no joy either. The people are assigned their roles in society according to their talents, and men and women are assigned to each according to how well... read more

Lend Me a Tenor

On a very important night for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Mirelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Otello. Henry Saunders -- General Manager of the company -- is beyond stressed about everything turning out right, and insists that his assistant,... read more

Venus in Fur

Thomas Novachek, a director/playwright, has suffered through a long day of abysmal auditions for his adaptation of the German sadomasochistic novel Venus in Furs, until Vanda, a crass and pushy actress, stumbles into his audition room. While Vanda shares the lead character’s name, she lacks her s... read more

Bus Stop

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a small roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and the weary travelers on board have to take refuge in the diner until morning. Cherie, a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She's being pursued by "a young cowbo... read more

Driving Miss Daisy

Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first, Daisy is none to happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and du... read more

Harvey

Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey -- a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, M... read more

The Nerd

Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at h... read more

The Three Musketeers

Charles Morey’s stage adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling novel is rousing and fun, with elegant costumes and revolving sets. Dumas himself frames the action, spinning out the story as the events unfold in front of him. He interacts with his characters, rewriting them to suit the dramati... read more