Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Top Girls

Set in the early 1980s, Top Girls depicts the lifestyle and life choices of its central character, Marlene. She is a successful career woman, who has just received a major promotion, and has unequivocally fought her way to the top. Famously using iconic female, historical figures, the play explor... read more

The Visit

Claire Zachanassian, a famously wealthy woman, decides to return to her hometown of Brachen, Switzerland, for the first time since she left it, at 18 years old. The inhabitants of the town, now utterly impoverished after “The War”, are hopeful that Claire might offer financial support to revive t... 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

4 Dogs and a Bone

In Los Angeles, morality flies fast and loose and no human exists who doesn’t want something from you, or so John Patrick Shanley’s 4 Dogs and a Bone sets out to prove. The quick and brutal dry comedy centers around the production of a single film, and four of its most important participants, wit... read more

Alcestis

Alcestis presents the story of the wife of Admetus, who -- according to Greek mythology --sacrificed her own life in order to bring her husband back from the dead. The King of Pherae in Thessaly, Admetus, marries Alcestis, the daughter of Pelias, King of Iolcus. On their wedding day, Admetus off... read more

Am I Blue

Am I Blue, the first play of well-known author Beth Henley, is a brief one-act that opens on a rainy street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. John Polk, a young college student, is having a drink at a dingy bar when he meets Ashbee, a small and feisty 16-year-old girl dressed a bit maturely f... read more

Assistance

The small army of administrative assistants belonging to Daniel Weisinger, a famous and powerful business mogul, are a mixed bag of motives: suave, aggressive Vince despises his boss; the underdogs, clumsy Heather and bitter Justin, are devoted to their jobs; obnoxiously competent Jenny is eager... read more

The Author's Voice

Todd is youthful, and devastatingly handsome. He is also in the process of writing the kind of tortured and brilliant novel that can only come from the soul of a genius. Todd’s editor, the beautiful and bold Portia, would love get closer to his mind -- and his body -- but Todd keeps her at arm’s... read more

Bachelorette

Despite being technically overweight, Becky is the first of her friends to get married. This doesn’t sit well with her maid of honor, Regan, a pill-popping queen of the mean girls, whose own relationship is going nowhere. Against Becky’s stated wishes, Regan invites two toxic party girls from the... read more

Between Riverside and Crazy

Walter “Pops” Washington has had enough. His landlord won’t leave him alone, his wife recently passed away, and the liquor store can’t keep up with his thirst. Pops’ last living relative, his son Junior, has recently moved back to Pops’ house with his girlfriend, Lulu, and his newly-sober buddy,... read more