Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sing a Rude Song

‘Sing a Rude’ song concerns the life of the great singer, Marie Lloyd. The show focuses on her rise to fame in the late 19th century/early 20th century and her chaotic private life and troubled marriages. read more

Sitting Pretty

‘Sitting Pretty’ involves a family inheritance up for grabs, budding romances for a pair of orphaned twins, and a "New Yoik" con artist with plans to abscond with the family jewels. Wealthy Mr. Pennington decides to adopt an uncouth young man named Horace. However, Horace’s uncle, who is a jewel... read more

Six Degrees of Separation

When a young and effortlessly charismatic black con man claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier himself smiles his way into the sympathetic living rooms of a few of New York City’s white wealthy elite, and tears a swath of disillusionment through their preconceptions and comfortable lives, the t... read more

Skylight

On a chilly night in East London, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from Tom Sergeant, Kyra’s one-time boss and long-time lover. After the painful dissolution of Tom and Kyra’s relationship, the pair have pulled away from each other physically, emotionally, and ideologically... read more

Small War on Murray Hill

In a reinterpretation of the events of the Revolutionary War, Mary Murray, wife of a prominent American merchant, seduces the British general, William Howe in order to allow the American forces under Isaac Putnam and George Washington to rendezvous. She utilizes every method available, including... read more

Smart People

On the eve of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Election, four hyper-intelligent Cambridge residents find that -- despite their best intentions upon broaching the subject -- the topic of race is a treacherous one, full of stumbles and wrong turns. Brian, a neuroscientist, is studying the brain’s r... read more

Something Intangible

Something Intangible in set in 1941 Hollywood at the movie studio run by the Wiston brothers, Tony and Dale. The studio is known for Petey Pup, the cartoon dog, but Tony wants to move beyond Petey Pup shorts and create an artistic masterpiece. Dale, the prosaic but realistic half of the duo, tr... read more

Song of Norway

Set in Troldhaugen, Norway in 1860, the show follows the lives of three childhood friends: Grieg, fellow composer Rikaard Nordraak and opera singer Louisa Giovanni. Grieg’s love for his childhood sweetheart, Nina, and his country is selfishly manipulated by the scheming Louisa, who is determined... read more

Souvenir

This play is a reinterpretation of the life story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite and a real life historical figure who became famous for trying to be an opera star and failing badly. She is completely tone deaf, but she is convinced that she can sing. Using her own droves of mone... read more