Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

Read expert-written show guides with context, plot, characters and video examples.


Searching for Eden: the diaries of adam & eve

This two-person play is set in the Garden of Eden and follows the meeting of the first man and woman. Playwright James Still combines Mark Twain’s short stories about Adam and Even to create the story. The play begins at the couple’s meeting and the battle of the sexes starts, language is delicio... read more

The Shadow Box

Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, different parts of the country, and are in different stages of accepting the things they have in common: they are all dying of cancer, and they are all living out their final days, in company with friends and family, in homey hospice cot... read more

She Wore Those Shoes

Inspired by the documentary The Invisible War, Erlina Ortiz’s She Wore Those Shoes exploresthe prevailing issue of sexual assault within the United States military and the silence, stigma,and negligence that survivors often face.Protagonist, Yudy, a strong and confident young woman, excitedly joi... read more

Sight Unseen

Margulies' play is the story of Jonathan Waxman, a superstar artist, so popular that collectors will buy his work "sight unseen." In London for a major retrospective, Jonathan decides to call his former girlfriend, Patricia, who posed for him as a student and whose influence became a turning p... read more

Six Degrees of Separation

When a young and effortlessly charismatic black con man claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier himself smiles his way into the sympathetic living rooms of a few of New York City’s white wealthy elite, and tears a swath of disillusionment through their preconceptions and comfortable lives, the t... read more


On a chilly night in East London, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from Tom Sergeant, Kyra’s one-time boss and long-time lover. After the painful dissolution of Tom and Kyra’s relationship, the pair have pulled away from each other physically, emotionally, and ideologically... read more

Smart People

On the eve of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Election, four hyper-intelligent Cambridge residents find that -- despite their best intentions upon broaching the subject -- the topic of race is a treacherous one, full of stumbles and wrong turns. Brian, a neuroscientist, is studying the brain’s r... read more

Speech and Debate

When the Republican mayor of Salem, Oregon, is caught in a sex scandal involving underage boys and the Internet, a local high school student sits up and takes notice. Intelligent and aggressive Solomon, a nerdy, single-minded teen with ambitions of journalism, wants to investigate homophobic clos... read more

Splitting Infinity

Splitting Infinity is about Leigh Sangold, a Nobel Prize winner who is seeking to use physics to prove whether or not God exists. One of this astrophysicist’s best friends is a Rabbi who has always been in love with her. Meanwhile, Sangold’s young lover gets into a car accident. Set between the J... read more

Stones In His Pockets

Stones In His Pockets takes place in a scenic spot near small town in County Kerry which has been taken over by a Hollywood film crew. Charlie Conlan and Jake Quinn have been employed as extras on the film and tell the story of the impact this movie set has upon the local community. Charlie claim... read more