Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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High Spirits

After the writer Charles Condomine hires a woman who can communicate with spirits, all hell breaks loose – literally Charles’ late wife, Elvira, appears and harasses Charles and his new wife, Ruth, with the goal of killing Charles so that he can join her in the afterlife. read more

Iphigenia in Tauris

The young princess Iphigenia is being sacrificed to the gods at the hands of her own father, Agamemnon, but before he is able to consummate the act, the goddess Artemis intervenes and replaces the girl with a deer, spiriting her away to the Temple of Artemis in Tauris, where Iphigenia becomes a h... read more

Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly's Last Jam is the story of the jazz pioneer, Jelly Roll Morton. The show starts with Jelly playing piano in the whorehouses of Storyville and finishes with Jelly being a star living in Chicago. read more

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

It is 1911 in Pittsburgh at Seth and Bertha Holly’s boardinghouse. Seth and Bertha have a group of eccentric people staying at their home, including an old, spiritual man named Bynum and a young musician named Jeremy. Throughout the play, others arrive to stay: Mattie Campbell, a woman who is try... read more

Kristina fran Duvemala

The story concerns two Swedish peasants, Karl-Oskar and his wife Kristina, who emigrate to the United States from the south of Sweden with their children and some friends during the famine of 1848. After a difficult journey, they arrive in Minnesota and start a new life. They manage to survive i... read more

Lady Be Good

When the orphaned Dick and Susie Trevor are evicted and living on the street with a thunderstorm on the horizon, they are eager to sacrifice him- or herself to help the other. They both end up falling in love with the wrong person and try to find wealthy spouses. Luckily, all turns out well wh... read more

The Liar

In Pierre Corneille’s frothy yet biting comedy of light hearts and lighter words, trouble arrives in Paris in the form of Dorante, a young law student with martial and marital ambitions. To achieve his ends, Dorante happily spins a web of outrageous lies, which, ultimately, lands him in hot water... read more

A Lie of the Mind

Beth has been violently beaten - to the point of brain damage - by her overly jealous husband, Jake. As the play begins, she is being cared for by her family. Her brother-in-law, Frankie soon arrives, trying to figure out if Beth survived Jake’s beating. Beth’s father, mistaking Frankie for a de... read more

Little Mary Sunshine

The show takes place at the Colorado Inn, owned by Little Mary Sunshine , in the early 20th century. Chief Brown Bear, Mary's foster father, has decided to take her advice and sue the U.S. government in order to regain his tribal land. Meanwhile the U.S. Forest Rangers are on the hunt for a grou... read more

Lucia di Lammermoor

The tragic love story of Lucia di Lammermoor follows Lucia and Edgardo, members of opposing houses in Scotland who are carrying on a secret affair. Enrico, Lucia’s brother, forces Lucia to marry another nobleman, Arturo, lying to her, saying that Edgardo has betrayed her and married someone else.... read more