Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Port Authority

Port Authority is a play that explores the lives of the lonely and unsure through three intersecting stories. These stories are narrated by three generations of Irishmen, who are the leads in their own stories. These men are Kevin, a young underachiever in love with his roommate; Dermot, a middle... read more

Present Laughter

A famous actor, Garry Essendine, finds himself visited by a young admirer, Daphne Stillington, who manages to convince him to allow her to stay the night. The next day, Garry manages to convince her to leave -- but only after Daphne meets all three of his employees. Garry's ex-wife, Liz Essendi... read more

Pride and Joy

Helene Nadler is a woman living on Long Island with three gay children. She constantly brags about how good a mother she is to them to the Massapequa chapter of Parents of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, The Transgendered, The Questioning, The Curious, The Creatively Concerned and Others. A part of... read more

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla. Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by... read more

Prodaná nevěsta

In a small Bohemian village, the fair maiden Mařenka is enamored with her sweetheart, Jeník. The problem? Her parents have brokered a marriage for her with the bumbling, stuttering son of a rich farmer to whom Mařenka’s father owes a debt. Appalled at the thought of having to be parted, Mařenk... read more

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

Pterodactyls

On the Philadelphia Main Line, the swath of suburbs just outside the city that are famously home to some of America’s most socially and financially elite, we meet the Duncan family. Arthur and Grace, now approaching late middle age, have expertly hidden behind a perfect veneer of family adoration... 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