Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Abundance

When meek Bess Johnson and bold Macon Hill meet at a stage-coach stop in Wyoming Territory, they are united by their common purpose. Both mail-order brides, they have come West across the states during the era of expansion, looking for love and adventure, trusting in the abundance of life to show... read more

Baby with the Bathwater

An absurdist, dark comedy, Baby with the Bathwater, starts with new parents John and Helen staring lovingly at their baby, Daisy. The scene quickly takes a turn, however, as the couple show absolutely no knowledge of how to adequately care for their child. They have determined not to look at the... read more

Betty's Summer Vacation

Betty is looking forward to spending a nice summer relaxing in a rented seaside house. Her plans quickly go awry when Betty realizes she is sharing the house with some disturbed individuals, including a possible serial killer and a man who flashes everyone. To top it off, there are odd voices com... read more

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

When his beloved beagle is destroyed after a rabid rampage, CB is plunged into such a depression that a literal raincloud starts to follow him around. Suddenly introspective and concerned with the afterlife, he is no longer satisfied with his high school status as a good-looking bully. Writing wi... read more

Good People

Life in Boston’s Southie neighborhood is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job, facing eviction, she doesn’t know whether to risk it all on a game of bingo, or join a drunken old classmate on a warm bit of sidewalk. Will she catch a break from the cranky young manager at... read more

Hir

After a dishonorable discharge from the military for drug-related offenses, Isaac returns home from Afghanistan, expecting to confront his abusive father, protect his mother and sister, and relax into his old bedroom. His expectations are dashed, as he walks into a different kind of chaos. Father... read more

Jubilee

The Royal Family of a fictional European country use the threat posed by an impending revolution as an excuse to abandon the throne and pursue their private dreams. The King, the Queen, the Prince and Princess each befriend their favorite celebrities. When the revolutionary threat is revealed to... read more

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Barney Cashman is forty-seven, happily married, the father of three children, a successful businessman, and a man going through a midlife crisis. Barney has come to the realization that his whole life can be summed up in one word: nice. And Barney has realized that “nice” simply isn’t enough. He... read more

Laughing Wild

Laughing Wild shows us different perspectives of two troubled people trying to live in the chaos of New York City. Act One shows us the Woman, a disturbed individual prone to violent outbursts about people she hates like Sally Jesse Rapheal and Mother Theresa. She struggles for peace in her life,... read more

Other Desert Cities

When Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas in 2004, she is unable to relax into the prickly, yet loving, embrace of her wealthy California family. Brooke has been in continuous rebellion against her conservative parents -- father Lyman, a former Republican ambassador, and mothe... read more