Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Hir

After a dishonorable discharge from the military for drug-related offenses, Isaac returns home from Afghanistan, expecting to confront his abusive father, protect his mother and sister, and relax into his old bedroom. His expectations are dashed, as he walks into a different kind of chaos. Father... 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

Il matrimonio segreto

Carolina and Paolino have been secretly married for two months, and now the need to tell Carolina’s father, Signor Geronimo, is more vital than ever. But, Paolino has a plan. As Geronimo’s valet, he has been making arrangements for Carolina’s older sister, Elisetta, to marry the eminent Count Rob... read more

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a raucous, provocative new work that tells of a modern, mythic English hero: Johnny “Rooster” Byron. During the course of this Tony-nominated play, Johnny tells tales, gets drunk, does drugs, dodges the authorities, and both charms and infuriates all that he meets. The play opens on... read more

Jubilee

The Royal Family of a fictional European country use the threat posed by an impending revolution as an excuse to abandon the throne and pursue their private dreams. The King, the Queen, the Prince and Princess each befriend their favorite celebrities. When the revolutionary threat is revealed to... read more

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Barney Cashman is forty-seven, happily married, the father of three children, a successful businessman, and a man going through a midlife crisis. Barney has come to the realization that his whole life can be summed up in one word: nice. And Barney has realized that “nice” simply isn’t enough. He... read more

Laughing Wild

Laughing Wild shows us different perspectives of two troubled people trying to live in the chaos of New York City. Act One shows us the Woman, a disturbed individual prone to violent outbursts about people she hates like Sally Jesse Rapheal and Mother Theresa. She struggles for peace in her life,... read more

Mating Dance of the Werewolf

Mating Dance of the Werewolf is an investigation of a gruesome murder that also investigates the reality of imagination. Set in the present in Duluth, Minnesota, most of the events take place in Ken's apartment. We need see only a couch, a window, and a bedroom door. Scenes elsewhere are estab... read more

Pterodactyls

On the Philadelphia Main Line, the swath of suburbs just outside the city that are famously home to some of America’s most socially and financially elite, we meet the Duncan family. Arthur and Grace, now approaching late middle age, have expertly hidden behind a perfect veneer of family adoration... read more