Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sunset

In Martin Foreman's Sunset, a grandmother talks to her husband in northern California at the end of the day. As the sun goes down she remembers their life together, from their first date up to the present day. read more

Tadzio Speaks . . . (Death in Venice Revisited)

In the classic novella and film Death in Venice, the aging Gustav von Aschenbach becomes obsessed with the beauty of a boy he sees on the beach, the fourteen-year-old Tadzio. Although the two never speak, a silent relationship grows between them, a relationship which binds the older man inexorabl... read more

Tambourines to Glory

Tambourines To Glory is a musical play written in 1956. In 1958, Hughes turned the play into a novel. The story centers on two female preachers who open a storefront church in Harlem. They are both from the South. Much of the play centers on the fact that the two women want money for very differe... read more

Tamerlano

The defeated Ottoman Emperor, Beyazit, is a prisoner of Timurlenk. When Timurlenk releases him, Beyazit threatens to commit suicide but is dissuaded by Adnronicus. Timurlenk is in love with Beyazit's daughter, Asteria. In return for her love, Timurlenk will allow him to live. Meanwhile, he a... read more

This Is How It Goes

Our narrator, “The Man”, has just moved back to his hometown in the Midwest when he surreptitiously runs into his high school crush, Belinda Phipps. Belinda is, apparently, living the American dream: she lives in a luxurious house with her high school sweetheart, Cody, a rich African-American man... read more

Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still examines the lives of one couple who are journalists and make a living out of documenting the horrors of war. When Sarah and her boyfriend, James, come back from covering the Iraq War, they are physically bruised and emotionally beaten. While they are recovering, their best frie... read more

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many

A beautifully written piece about grieving the loss of the one whose love changed everything. A widow & her adult daughter are left behind to sort out what life looks like now that James is gone. Their own relationship seems foreign without him around, but they are stuck with each other. Emma i... read more

Top Girls

Set in the early 1980s, Top Girls depicts the lifestyle and life choices of its central character, Marlene. She is a successful career woman, who has just received a major promotion, and has unequivocally fought her way to the top. Famously using iconic female, historical figures, the play explor... read more

Tranced

An African graduate student named Azmera is having panic attacks, and she looks to a prominent psychologist, Philip, to give her help. He specializes in a kind of hypnosis similar to a trance, and he places her in one in order to find out her problems. She ends up discussing some incident that sh... read more

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

Dalton Chance, all of fifteen years old, has been imprisoned for murder. He spends his days making shadow puppets on the wall -- a trick he learned from his depressed, unemployed father -- and ignoring the bitter taunts of his jailer. Just a few months in the past, Dalton freely roamed the bleak... read more