Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Rose's Dilemma

Rose's Dilemma, a story set in the Hamptons, is about a writer named Rose Steiner who suffers from writer's block. She needs to write a blockbuster -- she wants it to be brilliant, but she also needs the money. In the play, Rose dreams that she were still in touch with a lover from her past. This... read more

Rounding Third

Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach, a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. These conflicting personalities instantly clash. Don's kid is the star pit... read more

The Scene

The Scene is a provocative comedy about the pitfalls and shallowness of the entertainment industry, an industry where who you know and what party you attend is most important. The story focuses on Charlie, an out-of-work actor, his successful TV producer wife, Stella, and his friend, Lewis. When... read more

The Sea

The Sea depicts a small coastal village on the east coast of England, sharply divided between ruthless order and rampant chaos. After a beloved resident of the village drowns in a storm at sea, the differing reactions of the villagers reveal a community torn apart by disputes and disorder. Willy... read more

Searching for Eden: the diaries of adam & eve

This two-person play is set in the Garden of Eden and follows the meeting of the first man and woman. Playwright James Still combines Mark Twain’s short stories about Adam and Even to create the story. The play begins at the couple’s meeting and the battle of the sexes starts, language is delicio... read more

La Serva Padrona (The Servant as Mistress)

Uberto, an elderly bachelor, is angry and impatient with his maidservant, Serpina, because she has not brought him his chocolate today. Serpina has become so arrogant that she thinks she is the mistress of the household. Indeed, when Uberto calls for his hat, wig and coat, Serpina forbids him fro... read more

The Servant of Two Masters

The play tells the story of a hungry servant who, upon realizing that working for two masters could ensure him a greater supply of food, tries to do the job of two men while working desperately to conceal that fact from both employers. The play’s most famous scene takes place during a feast, when... read more

Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine is a bored, middle-aged housewife, trapped in a stale, loveless marriage. Her children are all grown up and she frequently talks to the wall in her kitchen while preparing her husband’s regular evening meal of egg and chips. Shirley feels stuck in a rut and finds solace in her d... read more

Shooting Star

This play is a two person show about two ex-lovers who reunite in a snowed-in airport. The lead characters, Elena and Reed, were in love during college and lead a free spirited life. They experimented with open relationships. After 20 years, they run into one another in the airport. read more

Six Degrees of Separation

When a young and effortlessly charismatic black con man claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier himself smiles his way into the sympathetic living rooms of a few of New York City’s white wealthy elite, and tears a swath of disillusionment through their preconceptions and comfortable lives, the t... read more