Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Purlie

"Purlie" tells the story of Purlie, a self-taught preacher who returns to his home in the South with the intent of opening an abandoned church and ringing the bell of freedom. The problem is that Ol' Cap'n is holding Purlie's inheritance due to a long-lost cousin. With the help of Ol' Cap'n's son... read more

Something's Afoot

Something's Afoot is a musical spoof that takes a satirical jab at the Agatha Christie "who dunit?" murder mysteries. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they are killed in mysterious ways as they try to discover the murderer's i... read more

Trial by Jury

Can you sue someone for breaking off an engagement? In Gilbert and Sullivan’s courtroom farce Trial by Jury, it’s a very serious crime The fickle and bigoted defendant, Edwin, has fallen in love with another woman and has jilted the plaintiff, the beautiful Angelina. Unfortunately for Edwin, a... read more

Baby with the Bathwater

An absurdist, dark comedy, Baby with the Bathwater, starts with new parents John and Helen staring lovingly at their baby, Daisy. The scene quickly takes a turn, however, as the couple show absolutely no knowledge of how to adequately care for their child. They have determined not to look at the... read more

Betty's Summer Vacation

Betty is looking forward to spending a nice summer relaxing in a rented seaside house. Her plans quickly go awry when Betty realizes she is sharing the house with some disturbed individuals, including a possible serial killer and a man who flashes everyone. To top it off, there are odd voices com... read more

By Jeeves

The show begins at a benefit gala to raise money for a new church steeple. The banjo-playing guest star is of course none other than the genial but ditzy, Bertie Wooster. When the strings on Bertie's banjo break, his faithful manservant, Jeeves, suggests Bertie tells of some of his many adventure... read more

Celebration

It is New Year's Eve and a young Orphan wanders into the home of the richest man in the world with the goal of convincing him to save the orphanage. Mr. Rich declares that if the orphan boy can help him feel emotion once again, the orphanage will be restored. All is going well until until Mr. Ri... read more

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels is the comedic story of Julia and Jane, two upper-class women in England in the early 1900’s. They are married to Fred and Willy, two respectable Englishman. When Maurice, a former French lover, shows up in England while the two women's husbands are away on a golf trip, he reminds t... read more

Falstaff

The fat, old knight, Falstaff, seeks to seduce two married women in order to steal some money, and have a little fun. Alice and Meg receive the letters of invitation, shocked that the fat, old man would expect them to swoon, and amused because they have both received the exact same letter. Seeki... read more

A Flea in Her Ear

This farcical French play is set in France at the turn of the 20th Century. Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor Emmanuel Chandebise, is having an affair after he suddenly becomes sexually inactive and seemingly uninterested in her . She confides in her best friend, Lucienne, who... read more