Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Unchatty Cathy

Cathy is an extremely shy high school student desperate to break out of her shell and introduce herself to Zachary, who wants to ask her to the spring dance, but is himself too shy. Cathy’s best friend Patsy is a budding filmmaker who decides to film Cathy’s journey to meet Zachary as a reality s... read more

Uncommon Women and Others

A group of Mount Holyoke-educated women meet at a restaurant for a reunion six years after they graduate. After excitedly greeting one another, telling jokes, and catching up, they flashback to various important moments from their college days that have helped to define their post-graduate lives... read more

The Way We Get By

Beth and Doug are both attractive, intelligent, and charming -- neither has ever struggled to find a partner. In the dim light of early morning following a drunken hookup, however, the pair find themselves in uncharted territory. As they flirt, fight, and flounder in the blurry, half-drunk morni... read more

What The Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton’s final play, is an intensely funny farce set in the sexually charged private clinic of psychiatrist, Dr. Prentice. As the play opens, Dr. Prentice is interviewing the young, attractive Geraldine Barclay to be his new secretary. During her brief interview, she revea... read more

What Every Woman Knows

What Every Woman Knows centers around the emotional development of John Shand, a humorless young Scotsman whose meteoric political success is due entirely to his wife. However, John fails to recognize the influence and intelligence of his plain wife. While a poor student, he took to regularly bre... read more

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society at the end of the nineteenth century. It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of the rich and powerful, where Lord, Ladies, and Archdeacons socialize and gossip about their contemporaries. The play opens in the garden of the H... read more

Yoga Fart

Amy wants her big sister Zelda to have a perfect wedding day. Even after discovering that Zelda slept with her boyfriend, Amy resolves to hold her feelings in until after the wedding is over. To stay calm, Amy throws herself into a series of Yoga classes. Soon, however, the dark clouds brewing wi... read more