Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Stupid F#%*ing Bird

Kind, hopeful Dev suffers from an unrequited love for Mash, who composes cleverly despairing songs on the ukulele. Mash is desperately in love with Con, a passionate playwright who is deeply in love with Nina, his beautiful, vibrant muse, and childhood friend. Nina seems to love him back, until... read more

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