Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Platée

Cithaeron, the King of the Mountain, suggests to Mercury that Jupiter may teach his jealous wife Juno a lesson if he woos the ugly and conceited marsh-nymph Plataea. She has set her cap at Cithaeron, but responds positively, to the accompaniment of frogs. Jupiter appears to Plataea in a variety o... read more

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong begins before the curtain has even been raised, as the audience are present while the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society prepare to stage their new production – the 1920s murder mystery 'Murder at Haversham Manor'. However the set is not yet complete and there is no time t... read more

The Playboy of the Western World

The Playboy of the Western World takes place over two days in the countryside of Ireland. A young man enters, frightened and disheveled. He slowly reveals that he has killed his father - a story which makes him a celebrity in this small village. However, his heroic status is challenged when his... read more

Pocatello

A failing Italian restaurant in the small town of Pocatello, Idaho, celebrates “famigilia week” in an effort to drum up business and reconnect with its values--a bit contrived, considering the restaurant is one branch of large and impersonal corporate chain. But Eddie, the branch manager, believe... read more

A Pocketful of Rhymes

˜A Pocketful of Rhymes' is a musical revue based on the traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Children in the cast use their own first names. The girls include at least one soprano, one mezzo and one alto. The boys include at least one tenor, one baritone and one bass. read more

Present Laughter

A famous actor, Garry Essendine, finds himself visited by a young admirer, Daphne Stillington, who manages to convince him to allow her to stay the night. The next day, Garry manages to convince her to leave -- but only after Daphne meets all three of his employees. Garry's ex-wife, Liz Essendi... read more

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla. Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by... read more

Prodaná nevěsta

In a small Bohemian village, the fair maiden Mařenka is enamored with her sweetheart, Jeník. The problem? Her parents have brokered a marriage for her with the bumbling, stuttering son of a rich farmer to whom Mařenka’s father owes a debt. Appalled at the thought of having to be parted, Mařenk... read more

Proposals

Proposals is a memory play that nostalgically recalls an afternoon the Hines family spends in the Pocono Mountains during the 1950s. The family's housekeeper, Clemma, narrates the story, which revolves around relationships at a family gathering. Clemma worries about a visit from her ex-husband.... read more

Pygmalion

One rainy, London night, phonetics professor Henry Higgins takes in a flower girl named Eliza Doolittle in an effort to win a bet with Colonel Pickering, an expert in Indian dialects. He bets Pickering that he can teach Eliza elocution and pass her off as a lady to all of London society. Despite... read more