Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Translations

Translations is set in a small Irish town in the summer of 1833. Hugh O'Donnell is the headmaster of a hedge school, a rural school that teaches basic education to farm families. Hugh's older son, Manus, teaches there with him. Hugh insists on teaching in Irish, even though he knows that the l... read more

Travesties

Tom Stoppard’s Travesties is a play that follows the often-faulty memories of Henry Carr, an elderly man who spent time in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War. At that time, the city was also inhabited by several revolutionary thinkers, including modernist author James Joyce; founder... read more

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

Dalton Chance, all of fifteen years old, has been imprisoned for murder. He spends his days making shadow puppets on the wall -- a trick he learned from his depressed, unemployed father -- and ignoring the bitter taunts of his jailer. Just a few months in the past, Dalton freely roamed the bleak... read more

Trying

Trying takes place in 1967 and centers around the internationally known Francis Biddle, Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, who is trying to put his life in order before he dies. At times both charming and cantankerous, he struggles with... read more

Trying to Find Chinatown

The one-act play Trying to Find Chinatown describes an encounter between Benjamin, an ethnic Caucasian who considers himself Asian, and Ronnie, an ethnic Asian who knows little about his Asian heritage. Benjamin, adopted into a Chinese-American family, is trying to find his father’s birth house i... read more

Trying to Find Chinatown

The one-act play Trying to Find Chinatown describes an encounter between Benjamin, an ethnic Caucasian who considers himself Asian, and Ronnie, an ethnic Asian who knows little about his Asian heritage. Benjamin, adopted into a Chinese-American family, is trying to find his father's birth house... read more

Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical

Childhood best friends Valentine and Proteus are handsome, well-to-do young gentleman, living in beautiful, rural Verona. Intelligent, ambitious Valentine heads off to Milan, intent on making a splash in the big city, while quiet, love-struck Proteus is content to stay at home and pursue the fair... read more

Un ballo in maschera

Un Ballo in Maschera follows the story of the assassination of King Gustavo III of Sweden. Gustavo is in love with Amelia, the wife of Anckarström, the king’s secretary and most loyal friend. The lovers meet in secret, even though they know that their love should not continue. Unbeknownst to the... read more

Uncommon Women and Others

A group of Mount Holyoke-educated women meet at a restaurant for a reunion six years after they graduate. After excitedly greeting one another, telling jokes, and catching up, they flashback to various important moments from their college days that have helped to define their post-graduate lives... read more

The Vagabond King

Filled with romance, swordplay, high aspirations and low comedy, ‘The Vagabond King’ recreates the world of medieval Paris saved from the Burgundians by a "king for a day"--the poet-thief François Villon. Paris is under siege by the forces of the Duke of Burgundy and popular support of King Louis... read more