Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Radio Golf

The tenth and final play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Radio Golf follows a black man named Harmond Wilks on his quest to revive his childhood neighborhood and become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh. Wilks, his wife Mame, and his best friend Roosevelt, have planned a redevelopment pro... read more

The Real Thing

Taking place in London in the 1980s, The Real Thing focuses on the passionate but never fully satisfying love between Henry and Annie . When they start an affair Henry is already married to Charlotte and Annie is married to Max. Soon they both divorce their partners and marry each other. Unfortu... read more

Redhead

"Redhead" is a murder mystery musical taking place in London in the early 1900s. After a young actress has been murdered, the Simpson Sisters' Waxworks puts on an exhibit showing the known events of the murder. The exhibit angers actor Tom Baxter, who greatly liked the deceased young actress. The... read more

The Rivalry

The Rivalry is Norman Corwin’s dramatization of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Lincoln, then a little-known country lawyer, challenged the popular Douglas for his Senate seat and, although he lost the race, gained such extraordinary fame that he would be elected President two years la... read more

Rodelinda

Grimoaldo has usurped the throne and forced King Bertarido to escape to Milan. Bertarido's wife and son are left behind. Gramoaldo decides to break off his engagement with Enduige and instead marry Rodelinda. Meanwhile, Bertarido returns to Milan in disguise with the help of his friend, Unulfo... read more

Rose's Dilemma

Rose's Dilemma, a story set in the Hamptons, is about a writer named Rose Steiner who suffers from writer's block. She needs to write a blockbuster -- she wants it to be brilliant, but she also needs the money. In the play, Rose dreams that she were still in touch with a lover from her past. This... read more

Ruined

Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined follows Mama Nadi, a businesswoman who is trying to stay afloat in a world torn apart by civil war. The war has ravaged her country, and especially the young girls who have literally been torn to pieces by... read more

The Ruins

Medusa has lost her head, and her serpents are hunting through the ancient Greek ruins for a new host. So themed is The Ruins haunted house, where Luna is a make-up artist. As the Minotaur, the Siren, the Cyclops and a host of mythological beasts take their places for opening night, Luna is thrus... read more

Sagittarius Ponderosa

Fleeing a troubled recent past, Archer returns home to Central Oregon amidst a time of confusion. Intent upon asserting his trans nature to a family who still thinks of him as “Angela,” he hesitates in the face of his ill father’s transition from life to death, and the very certainty of the local... read more

Saint Joan

Shaw's play is a fictionalized version of the historical life of Joan of Arc. Young Joan, a French farmgirl, hears the voices of saints telling her to raise an army to fight the English. When the war starts to go the way of the French, the English convince the Church to have her tried for heresy... read more