Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Weird Romance

Weird Romance is a two one-act musical containing a curious mix of a science fiction framework around traditional themes - the generation gap, a love triangle and the archetypal conflict between those who have power and those who have none. The first, The Girl Who Was Plugged In, is about a homel... read more

Werther

The young, melancholic poet Werther falls madly in love with the married Charlotte, but she is betrothed to another man. He obsesses over her, writing her letters constantly. Charlotte tries to convince Werther to forget her and to move on and find another love, yet Werther refuses as he can only... 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

White Christmas

Soldiers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis served under General Henry Waverley in World War Two and, ten years later, they are still working together in a popular song and dance duo, Wallace and Davis. When they meet the singing sisters, Betty and Judy Haynes, Phil becomes enamoured with the beautiful J... read more

The White Horse Inn

Set in the beautiful Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, ‘The Whitehorse Inn’ concerns the head waiter of the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang, Leopold Brandmeyer, who is desperately in love with the owner of the inn, Josepha Vogelhuber, a resolute young woman who at first only has eyes for one... read more

The White Rose

In 1940s Germany, a group of students, who formed a group called the White Rose, which preached non-violence, is arrested. Each of the students is interrogated by the Munich Gestapo, led by Robert Mohr. Once they are found guilty of treason, they are all executed. read more

William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead

It’s a rough day for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the most prestigious acting company in the city of London. First, their inaugural performance of “King Henry the Fifth” is interrupted by the wayward clown, Will Kemp, dancing a jig to advertise his newest stunt: a Morris dance from London to Norwi... read more

A Woman Killed with Kindness

A Woman Killed With Kindness, a critically acclaimed Renaissance drama by the renowned playwright Thomas Heywood, centers around the marriage between John Frankford and his new wife, Anne. The couple have a seemingly perfect marriage, until Frankford invites Wendoll into their home to stay as his... read more

Women and Wallace

Wallace Kirkman is a bright, articulate little boy, who loves his mother very much. When she kills herself with the same knife she has just finished using to cut his perfect peanut butter sandwich lunch, Wallace is hit with a lifelong dose of guilt, anger, and confusion. Over the course of Women... read more

Woyzeck

Loosely based on the real figure of Johann Christian Woyzeck, Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck is a naturalist indictment of the dehumanizing effects of the military and science on unsuspecting victims. The titular character is a soldier unwillingly subjected to a doctor’s experiment just so he can have e... read more