Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Aida (Opera)

A tragic tale of forbidden love, Aida follows the struggle of the Ethiopian princess, Aida, and the young Egyptian warrior, Radamès, to decide between love or loyalty to their countries. Aida has been captured by the Egyptians, who do not know her true identity, and is being held as a slave. She... read more

Anyone Can Whistle

Anyone Can Whistle is a musical about political corruption and the vague definition of sanity. The hated mayor Cora Hoover Hooper, has led her small town into bankruptcy. To save the town, she creates a fake "miracle" to attract tourist dollars. Unfortunately, during the tourist rush, the inm... read more

God of Carnage

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of a tony Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident. Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken... read more

Frankenstein

A reinterpretation of the classic story by Mary Shelley. Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates a monster after becoming fascinated with the decay of life. He runs away when the monster is created, and the monster slowly becomes fearful of humans after multiple encounters. He becomes self aware and t... read more

Equus

Dr. Martin Dysart, a dissatisfied and disaffected psychiatrist, is faced with a unique case when a young man, Alan Strang, is brought to him for treatment. Alan, a passionate and obsessive horse lover, has blinded six horses, to the horror and surprise of his family. In his efforts to coax Alan o... read more

An Ideal Husband

At a distinguished dinner party in Grosvenor Square, London, we meet Sir Robert Chiltern, a wealthy member of the House of Commons; his wife, Lady Chiltern; his sister, Mabel Chiltern; and Sir Robert’s charming bachelor friend, Lord Arthur Goring. Suddenly, an unexpected -- and unwelcome -- gues... read more

Wit

Vivian Bearing, a brilliant and uncompromising professor of English Literature who has spent years specializing in the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. She agrees to undergo an experimental chemotherapy treatment that, although not guaranteed to save he... read more

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, narrated by 5 street performers, tells the story of a young singer who comes to Brookyln in search of her American father and ends up becoming a pop star. read more

Cymbeline

One of Shakespeare’s last plays, and one of his few genre-bending romances, Cymbeline contains story elements and themes from many familiar tragedies, including his own. Considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, Imogen is the daughter of King Cymbeline of Britain, who falls in love and s... read more

Richard III

Richard III is the last of Shakespeare's War of the Roses plays, which cover the great wars between the houses of York and Lancaster. At this point, Edward IV has firmly consolidated power, but his scheming brother, Richard, is plotting to take the throne for himself. He asks Lady Anne to marr... read more