Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Father

Strindberg’s The Father shocked western audiences when it was first produced at the end of the nineteenth century due to its naturalistic depiction of women’s rights and the psychological breakdown of marital relations. When the Captain and his wife, Laura, have a disagreement about the future ed... read more

The Father

Andre is a man facing persecution from all sides, and he refuses to take it any longer. First some girl, a “helper” -- whom he doesn’t need at all -- steals his favorite watch. Then his daughter Anne, a scheming woman who worries too much, tries to take his flat away -- the beautiful flat he’s ha... read more

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

Written while the author was in exile in Denmark, the play presents a sequence of twenty-four realistic sketches showing how ordinary life under the Nazis was subtly permeated by suspicion and anxiety. The scenes, not directly by story but knit together by theme, play like frames in a film runnin... read more

Feathers and Teeth

Chris’s life is over. On top of the usual problems which come with being thirteen -- angst, hormones, attention from the dorky kid next door -- her mother is dead, and her deluded father, Arthur, has a new girlfriend: Carol, her mother’s hospice nurse. Chris is convinced that perfectly-coiffed Ca... read more

A Few Good Men

Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking debut A Few Good Men tells the story of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines in Guantanamo Bay. During the course of the trial, they uncover a high-level conspiracy designed to eliminate weaker soldiers in the name of patriotism. A Few Good Men... read more

Fiction

Fiction is a play about the secrets in the lives of a seemingly devoted couple, Linda Waterman and Michael Waterman. The set is minimal and the play only requires three actors. Linda is a professor who has written one successful novel, but now has writer’s block. Her husband Michael is a successf... read more

FINE

FINE is piece of drama which enters the lives of Will, a counsellor in a Further Education college and his fifteen-year-old student, Lucy. In the confines of Will's office, Lucy is encouraged to be honest about herself; but how much should we reveal to other people? FINE examines the different s... read more

Foolin' Around with Infinity

Foolin' Around with Infinity is set in a missile silo under Utah. This play is a political comedy. The main characters are Air Force officers waiting to set off a nuke. They start to lose their minds in part due to the isolation and pressure of their job. Meanwhile Mac’s young daughter runaway hi... read more

Force of Nature

Force of Nature is a play based on Goethe’s Elective Affinities. The setting is 1908 in Germany. The plot focuses on an idealistic married couple. Adulterous passions destroy the nature of their relationship. The story is somewhat like a soap opera. The plot involves a captain who stirs things up... read more

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

As the curtain rises and the lights go up dimly on the set of a Hell’s Kitchen apartment, we discover our two protagonists in bed together, finishing up a first date fling. As the mood settles from lovemaking to the moments after, it’s clear that Frankie, a sardonic and slightly guarded waitress,... read more