Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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En Folkefiende

A coastal town in Norway is on its way to becoming a major health resort, thanks to its new municipal baths. In anticipation of an influx of tourists in the coming summer season, property values are rising, business is picking up, and unemployment is decreasing. Trouble occurs, however, when Dr.... 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

The Father

Andre is a man facing persecution from all sides, and he refuses to take it any longer. First some girl, a “helper” -- whom he doesn’t need at all -- steals his favorite watch. Then his daughter Anne, a scheming woman who worries too much, tries to take his flat away -- the beautiful flat he’s ha... read more

Feathers and Teeth

Chris’s life is over. On top of the usual problems which come with being thirteen -- angst, hormones, attention from the dorky kid next door -- her mother is dead, and her deluded father, Arthur, has a new girlfriend: Carol, her mother’s hospice nurse. Chris is convinced that perfectly-coiffed Ca... read more

Fuddy Meers

A sinister and zany comedic romp with a dark domestic drama at its heart, Fuddy Meers illustrates a world in which nothing is as it seems, hardly anyone can be understood, and trusting the wrong person can get you locked in the basement with a foul-mouthed sock puppet, hit over the head with a f... read more

The Homecoming

Often considered one of Harold Pinter’s most ambiguous plays, The Homecoming explores issues of sex, power, and the female role in a cryptic, yet enthralling, manner. The action takes place in an old house in north London. It is the home of an all-male family, presided over by the abusive patriar... read more

Killer Joe

Killer Joe is an early play by award-winning playwright Tracy Letts. It tells the story of a young drug dealer named Chris who finds himself in desperate need of some cash. He and his father Ansel come up with the idea to murder Chris’ mother for her life insurance policy. They hire part-time hit... read more

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Irish terrorist “Mad Padraic” cares about one thing, and one alone, and -- despite his title as the lieutenant of Inishmore’s Irish National Liberation Army -- it’s not his fight for Irish independence. It’s his cat. When Padraic learns that his beloved cat, Wee Thomas, has been killed, Padraic... read more

London Suite

London Suite is a comedic play made up of four separate one acts, following four stories about relationships, all taking place a London hotel, overlooking Hyde Park. Among the stories is one about a woman whose gay ex-husband shows up to ask her for money. Another couple, Mark and Annie, is in L... read more