Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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I Hate Hamlet

A discontented TV actor, Andrew Rally, has recently received the role of Hamlet in a performance to be formed in Central Park. His life is less than perfect, and he is not at all interested in playing Hamlet. His girlfriend, Dierdre Mcdavey, will not even have sex with him. When his agent, Lil... read more

Pump Boys and Dinettes

The musical tells the story of 4 males and 2 females who work at a gas station/dinette somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. read more

True West

True West follows the story of two estranged brothers, Austin and Lee. Austin is has a successful budding career in the film industry. He offers to housesit for his mother, and decides to work on a new screenplay while he has some peace and quiet. Lee, an alcoholic and a thief, unexpectedly shows... read more

Copenhagen

In the afterlife, friends Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, and Niels' wife, Margrethe, meet to discuss a question that has been plaguing the group since before they died: "Why did Heisenberg visit Bohr in Copenhagen at the height of World War II?" As a German physicist whose funding was sponsored b... read more

Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross follows a group of competitive Chicago real estate salesmen as they vie for leads in order to sell undesirable resort property to unwitting customers. As the men grow increasingly desperate to win the company contest for largest number of sales, they willingly employ various u... read more

Greater Tuna

Greater Tuna is a comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna, Texas' third smallest town. The wacky inhabitants of this town -- men, women, children and animals -- are all played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at a rather breakneck speed and use inventive voicewo... read more

High Fidelity

The show follows the adventures of Rob, a record store owner who knows almost everything there is to know about pop music, but almost nothing about how to keep a girl. Rob's love life, already a broken record of heartache, falls off the charts completely when he gets dumped by Laura. But that ju... read more

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play

It is the 1880s, and Dr. and Mrs. Catherine Givings live in a beautiful, seemingly sensible Victorian home, where Dr. Givings also runs his private medical practice. Electricity is still a novelty, and as the intelligent and free-spirited Mrs. Givings cares for her new child under the bright glow... read more

Tomfoolery

In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor Tom Lehrer delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s with his dry, cynical but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scou... read more

The Turn of the Screw

Written in 1954, The Turn of the Screw is the last of Benjamin Britten’s chamber operas, based on the gothic horror novella of the same title.  A sheltered young governess is sent to care for two children in a country house called Bly.  At first, her new post seems perfect--the children, Miles an... read more