Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Stranger

In a packed New York City coffee shop, Jocelyn seats herself beside a stranger who is also reading the book “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. They begin a dialogue dissecting the book and how it does and doesn’t map to a valid philosophy for living their own lives. In the process a romantic connect... read more

Subways Are for Sleeping

‘Subways are for Sleeping’ concerns Angie McKay, a magazine writer assigned to write a story about a certain group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in the New York subway. The leader of this group of well-dressed drifters is Tom Bailey, a one-man employment agency who finds other drifte... read more

Sunny

‘Sunny’ is a love story focusing on three couples. Sunny is trying to escape a forced marriage with Mr. Wendell-Wendell and stows away on a ship heading to New York. On the ship, Tom is traveling with his fiancée Marcia. Realizing that she will be refused entry into America, Sunny convinces Tom’s... read more

Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon is the hip, smart, funny, rocking ’n’ rolling story of 1960s London band The Kinks. Headed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, The Kinks quickly rose to stardom with their landmark hit “You Really Got Me.” Fame soon proves to be a rocky road for the band to climb —demanding tour sche... read more

Sunset

In Martin Foreman's Sunset, a grandmother talks to her husband in northern California at the end of the day. As the sun goes down she remembers their life together, from their first date up to the present day. read more

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

A DJ interested in Holly. A bit nerdy. read more

Sweethearts

After being carried off to safety during a war, Sylvia has been left in Dame Paula’s care. Mikel Mikeloviz, disguised as a monk, wants to restore her to the throne, which is about to be offered to Franz, the heir presumptive. Luckily, in the end, Franz and Sylvia fall in love and agree to rule t... read more

Sylvia

Greg is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance, looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But his wife Kate, a busy rising star... read more

Tadzio Speaks . . . (Death in Venice Revisited)

In the classic novella and film Death in Venice, the aging Gustav von Aschenbach becomes obsessed with the beauty of a boy he sees on the beach, the fourteen-year-old Tadzio. Although the two never speak, a silent relationship grows between them, a relationship which binds the older man inexorabl... read more

Take Me Along

In ‘Take Me Along’ the literary minded teen-ager, Richard Miller comes of age and has his first big crush, as his newspaper-editor father, Nat Miller, begins for the first time to feel old. Meanwhile, Nat's fun-loving, alcoholic brother-in-law, Sid Davis, returns to Centerville, having lost his... read more