Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Mamet's one-act focuses on a New York businessman's descent from a respectable white-collar worker to a murderer in prison. After a visit to a fortune teller, Edmond decides to leave his wife and embarks on an odyssey through New York's seedy underbelly, which takes him to two bars, a bordello, a... read more

Educating Rita

Educating Rita is a witty yet poignant look at a working class woman’s attempts to change her social circumstances through pursuit of an Open University qualification. Rita is a twenty-six-year-old working-class hairdresser, married to Denny and living round the corner from her family. She has en... read more

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, opens on the fragile tenacity of a young mind learning how the world works. Tillie, our protagonist, stands alone sharing with the audience the first moments of her discovery of the beauty of atoms i... read more

Einstein on the Beach

The plotless libretto of Einstein on the Beach consists of solfege syllables, numbers and short segments of poetry or text developing on the themes of general relativity, nuclear weapons, science and AM radio. The opera consists of nine connected 20-minute scenes. read more

Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra

The Earl of Leicester returns to England after his great victory over Scotland. As a present to the Queen, he brings with him hostages consisting of the nobility of Scotland. Included among these hostages is the Earl's secret wife, Matilda. This problem is aggravated even more by the fact that... read more

The Emperor Jones

Emperor Jones is a fascinating exploration of the mental decline of the self-imposed emperor of a small Caribbean island. Brutus Jones is a former Pullman porter and convict who has escaped to an island in the West Indies and, over the course of two years, has made himself the emperor of this sma... read more

Ero s onoga svijeta (Ero the Joker)

Ero the Joker is a comic opera about a wealthy young man from a neighboring village who pretends to be a poor boy in order to find a girl who will love him for what he is. read more

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

After years of abuse, Nan is finally ready to escape her marriage to Kyle. With a little help from her longtime best friend Simon and an optimistic stripper named Sweetheart, Nan wants to make Kyle understand what he’s done wrong before taking her final revenge. Both aspiring actresses, Nan and... read more

Facing Up

Paul Morris has come for his first therapy session after a failed suicide attempt that was unfortunately, and somewhat comically, broadcast live on television. His psychiatrist is Jane Summers, a dedicated and intelligent professional, who is facing her own personal battles at home in her marriag... read more