Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Le prophète (The Prophet)

The opera is set in the religious wars of 16th century Germany. Jean de Leyde , whose beloved, Berthe, is coveted by Count Oberthal, ruler of Dordrecht, is persuaded by a trio of sinister Anabaptists to proclaim himself king in Münster. He dies, accompanied by his faithful mother Fides, when the... read more

Proposals

Proposals is a memory play that nostalgically recalls an afternoon the Hines family spends in the Pocono Mountains during the 1950s. The family's housekeeper, Clemma, narrates the story, which revolves around relationships at a family gathering. Clemma worries about a visit from her ex-husband.... read more

La Puce a l'oreille

A Flea in Her Ear is Georges Feydeau’s wild and hilarious comedy of mistaken identities, motives and actions. Raymonde, the wife of Chandebise, suspects him of having an affair. When she receives “evidence” of his infidelity, she decides to catch him in the act. As it turns out, Chandebise is a g... read more

Pygmalion

One rainy, London night, phonetics professor Henry Higgins takes in a flower girl named Eliza Doolittle in an effort to win a bet with Colonel Pickering, an expert in Indian dialects. He bets Pickering that he can teach Eliza elocution and pass her off as a lady to all of London society. Despite... read more

Quality of Life

Set in the Berkeley hills after a major fire, Quality of life is a 4-person play. The plot centers around two couples each of which has radically different religious viewpoints. Jeanette and Neil live in a yurt ever since their house was destroyed by the fire. Conservative Dinah and Bill are born... read more

Radio Golf

The tenth and final play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Radio Golf follows a black man named Harmond Wilks on his quest to revive his childhood neighborhood and become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh. Wilks, his wife Mame, and his best friend Roosevelt, have planned a redevelopment pro... read more

Raisin

“Raisin” takes place in 1950s Southside Chicago and revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. However, conflict ensues when mother and son want to spend the money in dif... read more

The Rake's Progress

Tom, a happy go lucky young man, is in love with a young girl, Anne, but Anne’s father, Truelove, has doubts about Tom’s character. Truelove urges Tom to find a “real” job, but Tom is resistant and would rather rely on luck than work to make money. When Tom makes a wish that he had money, a myste... read more

The Real Thing

Taking place in London in the 1980s, The Real Thing focuses on the passionate but never fully satisfying love between Henry and Annie . When they start an affair Henry is already married to Charlotte and Annie is married to Max. Soon they both divorce their partners and marry each other. Unfortu... read more

Redhead

"Redhead" is a murder mystery musical taking place in London in the early 1900s. After a young actress has been murdered, the Simpson Sisters' Waxworks puts on an exhibit showing the known events of the murder. The exhibit angers actor Tom Baxter, who greatly liked the deceased young actress. The... read more