Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society at the end of the nineteenth century. It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of the rich and powerful, where Lord, Ladies, and Archdeacons socialize and gossip about their contemporaries. The play opens in the garden of the H... read more

Wonderful World

Two couples, Jennifer and Max and Barry and Patty, are not doing very well. Even though their jobs are to help people, they do not seem to be able to help themselves. Max accidentally says that a few months ago, he was so scared about making a commitment with Jennifer that he fantasized about k... read more

Yellow Face

Yellow Face is David Henry Hwang's self-mocking drama about his reaction to the casting of caucasian actor Jonathan Pryce as a Eurasian character in his Broadway play, M. Butterfly. Hwang was loudly critical of the casting choice, and he decides to write a play about the experience. He finds th... read more

You Got Older

Dumped and fired by her boyfriend/boss, Mae assumes her life can’t get worse -- until her Dad acquires a rare, aggressive form of cancer. When she moves home to care for her ailing parent, Mae’s routine assumes an aimless, horrible youthfulness: sneak out to the bar, avoid her Dad’s discussion of... read more

Zero Positive

As the play begins a young man, Himmer, is trying to console his father on the death of his long-estranged wife whom neither has seen for many years, but the older man, Jacob, is apparently more interested in his model trains. Himmer then conceives the idea of honoring his mother's memory by sta... read more

Ça Ira

Ça Ira Ira is an opera about real life events that occurred during the French Revolution between 1789-93 and led to overthrow of King Louis XVI and the establishment of the Republic. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are victims of the people's revolt and are imprisoned and beheaded. The opera... read more