Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Stupid F#%*ing Bird

Kind, hopeful Dev suffers from an unrequited love for Mash, who composes cleverly despairing songs on the ukulele. Mash is desperately in love with Con, a passionate playwright who is deeply in love with Nina, his beautiful, vibrant muse, and childhood friend. Nina seems to love him back, until... read more

The Visit

Claire Zachanassian, a famously wealthy woman, decides to return to her hometown of Brachen, Switzerland, for the first time since she left it, at 18 years old. The inhabitants of the town, now utterly impoverished after “The War”, are hopeful that Claire might offer financial support to revive t... read more

The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick tells the tale of the people of the little town of Eastwick. It is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone else, and it is presided over by the indomitable Felicia Gabriel. Bored and fed up with their small town lives, three women--Alexandra , Sukie, and Jane... read more

You Got Older

Dumped and fired by her boyfriend/boss, Mae assumes her life can’t get worse -- until her Dad acquires a rare, aggressive form of cancer. When she moves home to care for her ailing parent, Mae’s routine assumes an aimless, horrible youthfulness: sneak out to the bar, avoid her Dad’s discussion of... read more

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a raucous, provocative new work that tells of a modern, mythic English hero: Johnny “Rooster” Byron. During the course of this Tony-nominated play, Johnny tells tales, gets drunk, does drugs, dodges the authorities, and both charms and infuriates all that he meets. The play opens on... read more

Alcestis

Alcestis presents the story of the wife of Admetus, who -- according to Greek mythology --sacrificed her own life in order to bring her husband back from the dead. The King of Pherae in Thessaly, Admetus, marries Alcestis, the daughter of Pelias, King of Iolcus. On their wedding day, Admetus off... read more

The Aliens

The Aliens tells the story of two young men who frequent a coffee shop in Vermont and the young employee they decide to take under their wing. Jasper and KJ are disillusioned New England thirty-somethings who regularly meet behind the coffee shop to discuss poetry and music. When Evan, a new hire... read more

Assistance

The small army of administrative assistants belonging to Daniel Weisinger, a famous and powerful business mogul, are a mixed bag of motives: suave, aggressive Vince despises his boss; the underdogs, clumsy Heather and bitter Justin, are devoted to their jobs; obnoxiously competent Jenny is eager... read more

The Author's Voice

Todd is youthful, and devastatingly handsome. He is also in the process of writing the kind of tortured and brilliant novel that can only come from the soul of a genius. Todd’s editor, the beautiful and bold Portia, would love get closer to his mind -- and his body -- but Todd keeps her at arm’s... read more