Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Visiting Mr. Green

In this play, Ross Gardner is an executive who has been recklessly driving and must do community service. He is a told to help an elderly man Mr. Green once a week in Mr. Green's NYC apartment. Mr. Green is grumpy and does not want his help. This play is about their relationship and how they ev... read more

The Vortex

The Vortex focuses on sexual vanity and drug abuse among the upper classes. A young composer, Nicky, proposes to his lover named Bunty. Meanwhile, Nicky’s mother has affairs with younger men. The action of the play centers on Nicky’s confused sexuality as well as his resentment for his mother. Hi... read more

War Music

War Music is an interdisciplinary art performance based on Homer's classic The Iliad. The play is based on Christopher Logue's book of translated poetry. War Music tells the story of Achilles and his rival Agamemnon. The World Premiere was American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco March 26... read more

Water By the Spoonful

In a far corner of the internet, moderator “Haikumom” leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts, From behind their screens, these individuals who might never encounter each other in real life -- a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier-- forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer,... read more

The Way We Get By

Beth and Doug are both attractive, intelligent, and charming -- neither has ever struggled to find a partner. In the dim light of early morning following a drunken hookup, however, the pair find themselves in uncharted territory. As they flirt, fight, and flounder in the blurry, half-drunk morni... read more


Well is a funny and touching comedy about mothers and daughters, mind over body, social activism and theatre itself. Lisa, the onstage playwright, attempts a memory play about her force-of-nature mother, Ann, who though constantly ill manages to heal a community. Besides Lisa and her mom, the sh... read more

The Whale

In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death. As he inches closer and closer the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, and Elder Thomas, a young, hopeful Mormon mission... read more

What The Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton’s final play, is an intensely funny farce set in the sexually charged private clinic of psychiatrist, Dr. Prentice. As the play opens, Dr. Prentice is interviewing the young, attractive Geraldine Barclay to be his new secretary. During her brief interview, she revea... read more

What Corbin Knew

What Corbin Knew is a comedy about Richard Corbin who is an architect that has a fancy skybox. He meets and invites two new couples to enjoy his skybox. One couple is rich and obnoxious and the other is also obnoxious but struggling financially. By the end of Act 1, a death has occurred. The pl... read more

What Every Woman Knows

What Every Woman Knows centers around the emotional development of John Shand, a humorless young Scotsman whose meteoric political success is due entirely to his wife. However, John fails to recognize the influence and intelligence of his plain wife. While a poor student, he took to regularly bre... read more