Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Reefer Madness

The show is a hilarious satire based on the old instructional film seen in school warning of the dangers of marijuana. The over-the-top, campy story begins with a Lecturer informing the audience of the new drug menace, Marijuana. He tells the Harper Affair a story of a young high school student w... read more

The Gondoliers

The twelfth collaboration between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert, The Gondoliers   tells the story of two charming Venetian gondoliers, Giuseppe and Marco, who are informed that due to an error of identity when they were young boys, one of them is the heir to the throne of B... read more

She Stoops to Conquer

One of the eighteenth-century’s most enduring comedies, She Stoops to Conquer takes a comedic, often farcical, look at the behavior and marital expectations of the upper classes in England at this time. The play centers around the desire of Hardcastle, a wealthy landowner in the country, for his... read more

The Skin of Our Teeth

George and Maggie Antrobus live a seemingly perfect life in suburban Excelsior, New Jersey, along with their children, Henry and Gladys, and their maid, Sabrina. Little do they know that the Ice Age is upon them, the Floods are coming, and War is on the horizon. The story of the Antrobus’ journey... read more

Call Me Madam

When President Harry Truman appoints Washingtonian socialite widow Mrs. Sally Adams ambassador to the small, fictitious European nation of Lichtenburg, she takes everyone by surprise. What Sally lacks in policy knowledge, she makes up for in charm. Everyone is taken with Sally's practical, down... read more

The Scottsboro Boys

In 1931, nine African-American teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged with the rape of two white women, while traveling through Alabama. With no evidence and no proof, these nine young men were convicted and sentenced to death. Based on this infamous case of... read more

Man and Superman

Man and Superman is a massive drama full of both light comedy and deep philosophy, based on Nietzsche's theory of the Abermensch, or superman. Acts I, II, and IV play as romantic comedy with a bite. Ann Whitefield relentlessly pursues dedicated bachelor Jack Tanner, not giving up until he agre... read more

Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse

Although Ruddigore’s 1887 premiere did not enjoy the same success as its predecessor, The Mikado , it is now regarded as one of the gems of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. A satirical take on the Victorian Melodrama genre, Ruddigore’s zany plot has it all--ghosts, witches, curses, disguises, and... read more

Goodtime Charley

Putting a comic spin on history, ˜Goodtime Charley' re-tells the story of Joan of Arc and a fun-loving, hedonistic Dauphin of France. read more

Of Thee I Sing

"Of Thee I Sing" is a political satire focusing on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen. Wintergreen is a real empty shirt “ with no viable platform he runs simply on love. He even promises that if elected he will marry the girl chosen for him at an Atlantic City beauty p... read more