Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

Read expert-written show guides with context, plot, characters and video examples.

...
...

Body Awareness

Body Awareness is a 2008 play written by Annie Baker. It was produced as part of the “Vermont plays”, a series of Baker plays all set in the fictional town of Shirley, Vermont. It had out-of-town tryouts in both Boston and Berkeley, California. Body Awareness tells the story of a psychology profe... read more

The Caretaker

The Caretaker takes place in a house in west London during the 1950s and examines the strange relationship between a tramp, Davies, and two damaged and disconnected brothers, Mick and Aston. The play opens as Aston saves Davies from a fight and brings him home to give him a place to stay. Davies... read more

Curse of the Starving Class

Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class is a darkly comic look into the world of dysfunctional Tate family, as they struggle amongst themselves for food, freedom, and meaning in their run-down lives. Tate Family patriarch Weston, is an alcoholic, who leaves his family for days at a time, buys i... read more

Den of Thieves

Maggie is a young single woman trying to change her life. She and her sponsor Paul are part of a twelve-step program intended to help recovering thieves. When Maggie’s no-good ex arrives and tells them about a large sum of unguarded drug money, she and Paul give into their lesser instincts and de... read more

A Devil Inside

Gene leads an ordinary life: attending college, working in his mother’s laundromat, and doing skateboard tricks for fun and profit. But his world is turned upside down on his 21st birthday when his mother, tough and determined Mrs. Slater, reveals that his father was murdered in the Poconos 14 ye... read more

Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys have come from eternity to the theater we are in to reenact as “vaudeville” scenes the story of their convictions for gang rape, despite prima facie evidence of their innocence. The historical event was, in many ways, something of a vaudeville. But also, as revealed early on... read more

Dividing the Estate

Dividing the Estate is the story of the Gordon clan, a Texas family who has been hard hit by the precipitous drop in oil prices in 1987. Family matriarch Stella rules over the family, but she is 85 years old, and her family smells their inheritance coming. Her younger daughter, Mary Jo, comes t... read more

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus follows the dark, twisted path of the restless scholar of the title. Yearning for infinite knowledge and questioning his faith, Doctor Faustus forsakes his scholarly studies for the dark world of magic and sorcery. He makes a pact with the devil. If the evil spirit, Mephastophilis... read more

Dreaming or The Consequences on Hispanics After 9/11

What is a dream? What does it mean to dream? Or to dream what kills, Or to be the dream that may not be a dream. Manny dreams more than he should, he dreams of his bloody mother, and the day bodies fell from the sky, he also dreams there is a God, and some numbers following him around trying to s... read more

Dreamless or The Sergio Urrego Phenomenon

Dreamless is a two-act play, the first act is a one-man show inspired by the letter Sergio Urrego left before he died. In a parallel world, after Sergio dies, he is forced to live the same day as an actor being watched by an eternal theater audience. In the second act, An angel decides Sergio’s t... read more