Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Seminar

Seminar tells the story of four young writers who each pay $5,000 for a ten-week seminar with Leonard, an international literary figure. The story begins with Kate, a well-to-do Upper West Sider with a fancy apartment who arranges the seminar for herself and three friends: Martin, her neurotic ex... 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

Smart People

On the eve of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Election, four hyper-intelligent Cambridge residents find that -- despite their best intentions upon broaching the subject -- the topic of race is a treacherous one, full of stumbles and wrong turns. Brian, a neuroscientist, is studying the brain’s r... read more

Speech and Debate

When the Republican mayor of Salem, Oregon, is caught in a sex scandal involving underage boys and the Internet, a local high school student sits up and takes notice. Intelligent and aggressive Solomon, a nerdy, single-minded teen with ambitions of journalism, wants to investigate homophobic clos... read more

The Stars are Made of Concrete

When 39-year-old Bev is made redundant from an admin job in the NHS she begins to face the same struggles as her 24-year-old son Adam - who has never had a job. We see their conflicts with each other played out through both perspectives. While the play is primarily a drama, there is comic relief... read more

Things I Know to be True

Bob and Fran Price have four adult children: Pip, Mark, Ben, and Rosie. Each child has his or her own unique struggles and secrets that they try to keep hidden from their parents, but Fran has a knack for knowing what is true in each of their lives, whether it is an unhappy marriage , heartbreak... read more

This Is Our Youth

Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth is a brilliant, darkly humorous, bittersweet portrait of youth poised on the cusp of the scary, disillusioning path to adulthood. In Reagan Era New York City, three privileged Upper West Side kids — the swaggering, drug-dealing Dennis; his dispirited, free-thi... read more

Three Tall Women

Three Tall Women takes place in the bedroom of a sick and forgetful old woman . In the first act she is cared for by a middle-aged companion and visited by a young woman sent by the lawyer to settle some financial affairs. A is imperious and acerbic, which B is used to deal and manages effectiv... read more