Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Waitress

Waitress, based on the 2007 movie of the same title, follows the story of Jenna, a woman who is pregnant without any desire to be, trapped in an abusive relationship in a small town with no hope for a future outside of fear and false positivity. She escapes from her trauma through the baking of p... read more

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Perestroika follows on chronologically and plot-wise from Millennium Approaches. It is a complex play that provides a symbolic and fantastical examination of homosexuality, race, and AIDS in 1980s America. The play is made up of eight main characters, all of whom play several other minor characte... read more

At Home at the Zoo

At Home at the Zoo combines Albee's classic, The Zoo Story, with its prequel, Homelife, to form a complete story of Peter , Ann , and Jerry . The play begins by offering a revealing look at Peter and Ann's boring marriage and their brutal, failed attempts to communicate about it. The tone chang... read more

A Delicate Balance

Middle-aged, upper-class, and delicately-balanced couple Agnes and Tobias maintain a financially comfortable but emotionally uncomfortable existence in their suburban empty nest, along with their permanent houseguest, Agnes’ alcoholic sister, Claire. When their neighbors and self-professed best f... read more

Endgame

The plays revolves around Hamm, an aged master, who is blind and can't stand up, and his servant Clov, who can't sit down. They exist in a tiny house by the sea, although the dialogue suggests that there is no exterior to the house beyond stage left -- no sea, no sun, no clouds. The two character... read more

Equivocation

In 1605, Robert Cecil, prime minister to King James I of England, commissions William Shagspeare to write a play about the recent Gunpowder Plot -- an attempt to blow up the king and his court. The king simply requests that "Shag" add some flattering dialogue -- and witches -- to the plot. Dur... read more

Good People

Life in Boston’s Southie neighborhood is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job, facing eviction, she doesn’t know whether to risk it all on a game of bingo, or join a drunken old classmate on a warm bit of sidewalk. Will she catch a break from the cranky young manager at... read more

The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Having spent four years achieving a brilliant scholastic record, upon graduation he finds himself adrift, uncertain about his future, disconnected from his purpose, and increasingly alienated from the upper-class, suburban, “plastic” world of his parents... read more

Gruesome Playground Injuries

It’s not your typical love story: Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next thirty years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought to... read more

The Motherf**ker With the Hat

Jackie, a former drug dealer, has just been released from prison and is living with his high school sweetheart, Veronica. Jackie is enrolled in the AA program and is drug free with the help of his sponsor, Ralph D. When Jackie comes home having finally snagged a job, he and his libido are ready t... read more