Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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La Rondine

As the poet, Prunier, speaks of romance and love, Magda, a prostitute, reminisces about her past. She soon realizes that as the mistress of Rambaldo, she is living without love. That night, she dresses up as a working class woman and goes off to the Bullier nightclub. There, she falls in love... read more

Rose's Dilemma

Rose's Dilemma, a story set in the Hamptons, is about a writer named Rose Steiner who suffers from writer's block. She needs to write a blockbuster -- she wants it to be brilliant, but she also needs the money. In the play, Rose dreams that she were still in touch with a lover from her past. This... read more

Rounding Third

Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach, a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. These conflicting personalities instantly clash. Don's kid is the star pit... read more

Ruined

Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined follows Mama Nadi, a businesswoman who is trying to stay afloat in a world torn apart by civil war. The war has ravaged her country, and especially the young girls who have literally been torn to pieces by... read more

Sagittarius Ponderosa

Fleeing a troubled recent past, Archer returns home to Central Oregon amidst a time of confusion. Intent upon asserting his trans nature to a family who still thinks of him as “Angela,” he hesitates in the face of his ill father’s transition from life to death, and the very certainty of the local... read more

Saint Joan

Shaw's play is a fictionalized version of the historical life of Joan of Arc. Young Joan, a French farmgirl, hears the voices of saints telling her to raise an army to fight the English. When the war starts to go the way of the French, the English convince the Church to have her tried for heresy... read more

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