Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

The Dumb Waiter

The Dumb Waiter is Pinter’s second play. A one act play heavily influenced by Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, it revolves around two would-be assassins waiting to learn what their next assignment will be. These men, Ben and Gus, are polar opposites: Ben takes orders as they come without question, w... read more

En Folkefiende

A coastal town in Norway is on its way to becoming a major health resort, thanks to its new municipal baths. In anticipation of an influx of tourists in the coming summer season, property values are rising, business is picking up, and unemployment is decreasing. Trouble occurs, however, when Dr.... read more

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

After years of abuse, Nan is finally ready to escape her marriage to Kyle. With a little help from her longtime best friend Simon and an optimistic stripper named Sweetheart, Nan wants to make Kyle understand what he’s done wrong before taking her final revenge. Both aspiring actresses, Nan and... read more

Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine

Undine Barnes Calles, a successful black woman who has fought her way to the top of her social echelon, lives a comfortable and busy life as the founder and president of a PR firm meant to cater to other African-American elite and nouveau riche. She specializes in non-profit benefits and finds de... read more

The Father

Andre is a man facing persecution from all sides, and he refuses to take it any longer. First some girl, a “helper” -- whom he doesn’t need at all -- steals his favorite watch. Then his daughter Anne, a scheming woman who worries too much, tries to take his flat away -- the beautiful flat he’s ha... read more

Feathers and Teeth

Chris’s life is over. On top of the usual problems which come with being thirteen -- angst, hormones, attention from the dorky kid next door -- her mother is dead, and her deluded father, Arthur, has a new girlfriend: Carol, her mother’s hospice nurse. Chris is convinced that perfectly-coiffed Ca... read more

Fuddy Meers

A sinister and zany comedic romp with a dark domestic drama at its heart, Fuddy Meers illustrates a world in which nothing is as it seems, hardly anyone can be understood, and trusting the wrong person can get you locked in the basement with a foul-mouthed sock puppet, hit over the head with a f... read more

The Homecoming

Often considered one of Harold Pinter’s most ambiguous plays, The Homecoming explores issues of sex, power, and the female role in a cryptic, yet enthralling, manner. The action takes place in an old house in north London. It is the home of an all-male family, presided over by the abusive patriar... read more