Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Foreigner

The Foreigner is a fun, two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him t... read more

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) or The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shkspr (Abridged)

How on earth can three men do the impossible: act through Shakespeare’s entire canon-37 plays- in 97 minutes? By summarizing the canon through football plays, rap songs, and outrageously condensed, comedy mash-up titles , of course The Complete Works of William Shakespeare hilariously summarizes... read more

Victor/Victoria

When refined British soprano Victoria Grant finds herself down on her luck in Paris, she discovers to her dismay that producers and nightclub owners are looking for a sound that is much less “legitimate” than hers. On the brink of starvation, she is rescued by Toddy, a warm, generous, and flamboy... read more

Snoopy

Snoopy is the sequel to You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and focuses on the life of the world’s most famous beagle. Atop his kennel, Snoopy surveys the skies, scene of his triumph as a First World War flying ace. Modestly he considers his genius. Stoically he accepts that his brilliance in n... read more

Fences

The sixth Play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Fences takes place in 1957 in what is assumed to be Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The play follows Troy Maxson, a 53-year-old man who struggles to provide for his wife and son in a time when slavery is over but the civil rights movement has still no... read more

Barefoot in the Park

Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park is a romantic comedy focusing on a pair of newlyweds, Corie and Paul, as they begin married life in a tiny, 5th-floor walkup apartment in a Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a strait-laced attorney; Corie has a far more spontaneous, free spirit. As the young couple... read more

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a rollicking hootenanny of a musical, is based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel, which operated from the 1840s to 1973. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams, and others, the “Chicken Ranch” thrived in the... read more

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Gentleman of Verona follows two best friends: Valentine and Proteus. Valentine is about to depart Verona for the more cosmopolitan city of Milan, while Proteus is staying behind to woo the lovely Julia. Proteus’ father has other plans for him, however, and instructs him to follow Valentine to... read more

Love’s Labour's Lost

King Ferdinand of Navarre has sworn an oath that for three years, he will transform his kingdom into an “academe” . His subjects will reject the world’s pleasures, including women, in favor of an ascetic lifestyle and a complete commitment to their studies. Trouble comes in the form of The Prince... read more

Mame

Orphaned at ten, Patrick Dennis’ life has undergone drastic change when he travels from Des Moines, Iowa, all the way to New York City to live with his Auntie Mame. His nanny, anxious Agnes Gooch, leads him to expect a dear grey-haired old aunt baking a cherry pie. But instead, Agnes and Patrick... read more