Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Uncommon Women and Others

A group of Mount Holyoke-educated women meet at a restaurant for a reunion six years after they graduate. After excitedly greeting one another, telling jokes, and catching up, they flashback to various important moments from their college days that have helped to define their post-graduate lives... read more

The Vortex

The Vortex focuses on sexual vanity and drug abuse among the upper classes. A young composer, Nicky, proposes to his lover named Bunty. Meanwhile, Nicky’s mother has affairs with younger men. The action of the play centers on Nicky’s confused sexuality as well as his resentment for his mother. Hi... read more

Water By the Spoonful

In a far corner of the internet, moderator “Haikumom” leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts, From behind their screens, these individuals who might never encounter each other in real life -- a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier-- forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer,... read more

Werther

The young, melancholic poet Werther falls madly in love with the married Charlotte, but she is betrothed to another man. He obsesses over her, writing her letters constantly. Charlotte tries to convince Werther to forget her and to move on and find another love, yet Werther refuses as he can only... read more

The Whale

In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death. As he inches closer and closer the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, and Elder Thomas, a young, hopeful Mormon mission... read more

The Whipping Man

Playwright Matthew Lopez’s first work, The Whipping Man, has been sweeping regional and professional theaters since its debut. The play examines a vital, but not often spoken of period in American history, the post-Civil War South, as former slaves and slavemasters struggled to acclimate to the n... read more

A Woman Killed with Kindness

A Woman Killed With Kindness, a critically acclaimed Renaissance drama by the renowned playwright Thomas Heywood, centers around the marriage between John Frankford and his new wife, Anne. The couple have a seemingly perfect marriage, until Frankford invites Wendoll into their home to stay as his... read more

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society at the end of the nineteenth century. It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of the rich and powerful, where Lord, Ladies, and Archdeacons socialize and gossip about their contemporaries. The play opens in the garden of the H... read more