Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Whipping Man

Playwright Matthew Lopez’s first work, The Whipping Man, has been sweeping regional and professional theaters since its debut. The play examines a vital, but not often spoken of period in American history, the post-Civil War South, as former slaves and slavemasters struggled to acclimate to the n... read more

The White Horse Inn

Set in the beautiful Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, ‘The Whitehorse Inn’ concerns the head waiter of the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang, Leopold Brandmeyer, who is desperately in love with the owner of the inn, Josepha Vogelhuber, a resolute young woman who at first only has eyes for one... read more

The White Rose

In 1940s Germany, a group of students, who formed a group called the White Rose, which preached non-violence, is arrested. Each of the students is interrogated by the Munich Gestapo, led by Robert Mohr. Once they are found guilty of treason, they are all executed. read more

Wildcat

Wildcat “Wildy” Jackson and her sister Janie arrive in Centavo City determined to strike it rich in the oil prospecting business. She manages to acquire a small plot of land and tries to convince the brilliant crew foreman, Joe Dynamite, to work for her. When Joe thinks there is no oil on Wildy’s... read more

Wildcat on Safari

Set in a Safari Park, ‘Wildcat On Safari’ concerns the adventures of a loveable, scruffy Wildcat and his eccentric friends Fox and Beaver as they try to find the missing son of King Lion. Before long they are drawn into a scheming panther's dastardly plot to depose the mighty King Lion read more

William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead

It’s a rough day for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the most prestigious acting company in the city of London. First, their inaugural performance of “King Henry the Fifth” is interrupted by the wayward clown, Will Kemp, dancing a jig to advertise his newest stunt: a Morris dance from London to Norwi... read more

Wish You Were Here

The show takes place at Camp Karefree, a summer camp for adults. Depressed over her upcoming marriage to a man she doesn’t love, Teddy Stern arrives along with her flirty blonde bombshell friend, Fay. Teddy hopes her time at the camp will help her relax and prepare for her wedding. Instead, she e... read more

Wolf Hall

Based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novel by the same name, Wolf Hall is a stage adaptation of the fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to King Henry VIII of England. Following the failure Cardinal Wolsey to secure Henry’s divorce from Katharine of Aragon, Cromwell uses a dangerous... read more

A Woman Killed with Kindness

A Woman Killed With Kindness, a critically acclaimed Renaissance drama by the renowned playwright Thomas Heywood, centers around the marriage between John Frankford and his new wife, Anne. The couple have a seemingly perfect marriage, until Frankford invites Wendoll into their home to stay as his... read more

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