Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Salad Days

Jane and Timothy Dawes meet up in a park to plan their lives soon after their graduation. Deciding that Timothy must take the first job he's offered, a passing tramp offers them £7 a week to look after his mobile piano. Upon accepting, they discover that when the piano plays it delivers all withi... read more

Salome

Salome is Oscar Wilde’s twist on the biblical story of Herod, Herodias, and Salome. The story tells of a lovely young girl Salome, her step-father Herod’s obsession with her, and Salome’s infatuation with the prophet John the Baptist . This hypersexualized story and grim-fated heroine have outrag... read more

La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder or Die seidene Leiter)

Dormont is the teacher and guardian of the beautiful Giulia, and he is determined that she will marry Blansac despite her continual rejection of his advances. Guilia has already secretly married Blansac's friend, Dorvil. While Blansac continues to woo her, Guilia schemes to divert his amorous a... read more

The Scene

The Scene is a provocative comedy about the pitfalls and shallowness of the entertainment industry, an industry where who you know and what party you attend is most important. The story focuses on Charlie, an out-of-work actor, his successful TV producer wife, Stella, and his friend, Lewis. When... read more

Scotland Road

Scotland Road is about a woman who is found floating on an iceberg in 19th century clothing. She is rescued and starts speaking about the Titanic. She is taken to Maine for an interrogation. A mysterious man named John seeks to debunk her story. Finally, the last living survivor from the Titani... read more

The Sea

The Sea depicts a small coastal village on the east coast of England, sharply divided between ruthless order and rampant chaos. After a beloved resident of the village drowns in a storm at sea, the differing reactions of the villagers reveal a community torn apart by disputes and disorder. Willy... read more

The Seafarer

The Seafarer opens as Sharky Harkin has returned home at Christmastime to take care of his brother, Richard. Richard is a freewheeling soul, but he is also an overbearing alcoholic. He has recently gone blind. He lives to drink, and he urges Sharky to drink as well, even though Sharky has prom... read more

Searching for Eden: the diaries of adam & eve

This two-person play is set in the Garden of Eden and follows the meeting of the first man and woman. Playwright James Still combines Mark Twain’s short stories about Adam and Even to create the story. The play begins at the couple’s meeting and the battle of the sexes starts, language is delicio... read more

Semele

Diving deep into the history of ancient mythology, Semele explores the clashing of gods and mortals, the folly of vanity, and the fatal consequences of forbidden passion. The opera tells the cautionary tale of the delectable Semele and the god Jupiter, who tempt fate with a dangerously imprudent... read more

Seminar

Seminar tells the story of four young writers who each pay $5,000 for a ten-week seminar with Leonard, an international literary figure. The story begins with Kate, a well-to-do Upper West Sider with a fancy apartment who arranges the seminar for herself and three friends: Martin, her neurotic ex... read more