Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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4000 Miles

Ninety-one year old political activist Vera Joseph’s solitary existence is entirely shaken when her grandson, Leo, appears at the door in the middle of the night Leo is fresh from a cross-country bike ride, and assures Vera that he won’t stay long. Leo, however, is in crisis, confused by an on... read more

The Bald Soprano

The Bald Soprano is classic of the Theatre of the Absurd canon. A couple from London is visiting with another couple called the Martins. As they converse, they invite a fire chief and a maid to the discussion. Slowly, the world becomes more and more surreal: the wife begins acting like she just... read more

Beyound the Fringe

A British comedy stage revue that mocks current events and authority figures. read more

Boeing Boeing

A hit comedy similar in vein to Shakespeare’s comedies of merry misadventures and mistaken identities, Boeing Boeing tells the exploits of French bachelor Bernard and his lovely female flight attendants. Three flight attendants, to be exact, from three different countries: and they all believe th... read more

Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk

Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk is a combination of dance, music, singing, tap, a history of America, and above all, rhythm. The show tells the history of African-Americans from slavery to the present through dance, specifically tap. read more

Chapter Two

George and Jennie are in love, utterly perfect for each other, and are getting married. There are just a few problems: 1) They’ve only been dating for two weeks. 2) George’s beloved wife of twelve years just passed away. 3) Jennie has just gone through five years of counseling which culminated in... read more

Electra (Euripides)

Orestes, the grown son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and his companion, Pylades, travel to Argos. There, they visit the house of Electra and her husband. They have concealed their identities in order to get information, claiming that they are messengers from Orestes, but the aged servant who s... read more

Five Guys Named Moe

The show is a musical revue using the hit songs of Louis Jordan, the great 1930s composer and saxophonist who brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock-and-roll of the 1950s. read more

The Flick

In a movie theater near Worcester, MA -- one of the few that hasn't yet switched to digital film -- three employees work dreary jobs for just above minimum wage: selling tickets, cleaning up after patrons, and running the projector. The economy is depressed and so are they, and yet over the cou... read more

The Gingerbread Lady

The Gingerbread Lady is a dark drama with comic overtones centering on Evy Meara, a cabaret singer whose career, marriage, and health all have been destroyed by alcohol. We meet her at the end of a ten week drying out period at a sanitarium when her friend, her daughter, and an actor try to help... read more