Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Tambourines to Glory

Tambourines To Glory is a musical play written in 1956. In 1958, Hughes turned the play into a novel. The story centers on two female preachers who open a storefront church in Harlem. They are both from the South. Much of the play centers on the fact that the two women want money for very differe... read more

Teuzzone

After the emperor Troncone dies in battle he leaves his son Teuzzone as inheritor to the throne. Meanwhile, numerous others also desire to ascend to the thrown including Troncone's young widow Zidiana, General Sivenio, and the prime minister, Cino. The opera is filled with political intrigue an... read more

Tip-Toes

‘Tip-Toes’ tells the story of Tip-Toes and her two uncles, vaudevillians called “The Three Kayes”, who travel down to Palm Beach, Florida. They try to pass themselves off as “swells” so that Tip-Toes can get a rich husband. In the end, she learns that the best way to find true love by just being... read more

Translations

Translations is set in a small Irish town in the summer of 1833. Hugh O'Donnell is the headmaster of a hedge school, a rural school that teaches basic education to farm families. Hugh's older son, Manus, teaches there with him. Hugh insists on teaching in Irish, even though he knows that the l... read more

Travesties

Tom Stoppard’s Travesties is a play that follows the often-faulty memories of Henry Carr, an elderly man who spent time in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War. At that time, the city was also inhabited by several revolutionary thinkers, including modernist author James Joyce; founder... read more

Un ballo in maschera

Un Ballo in Maschera follows the story of the assassination of King Gustavo III of Sweden. Gustavo is in love with Amelia, the wife of Anckarström, the king’s secretary and most loyal friend. The lovers meet in secret, even though they know that their love should not continue. Unbeknownst to the... read more

Uncommon Women and Others

A group of Mount Holyoke-educated women meet at a restaurant for a reunion six years after they graduate. After excitedly greeting one another, telling jokes, and catching up, they flashback to various important moments from their college days that have helped to define their post-graduate lives... read more

La vida es sueno

One of the most significant plays of the Spanish Golden Age, La vida es sueno is an allegory about the conflict between fate and free will. King Basilio of Poland - frightened by omens and prophecies - has kept his son Segismund locked away in a tower for the prince’s entire life while telling t... read more

Volpone

Volpone, childless and rich, and his servant, the parasitic, Mosca, play a cunning and farcical game of deceit with three ‘friends’ who are each determined to become Volpone's sole heir. Volpone decides to feign a fatal illness to encourage the three men to shower him with valuable gifts in the h... 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