Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

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

Blondel

˜Blondel' is a rock opera that tells the story of the 12th century minstrel Blondel who sets off around Europe to find King Richard, off on a Crusade, and stop the usurper of the throne, Prince John. But can he accomplish his mission in spite of the hired assassin trying to kill him? read more

The Boat in the Tiger Suit

This surreal dark comedy interrogates the divisions and distinctions that make up family. Set on two different dinghies, The Boat in the Tiger Suit begins at Herman’s funeral, who left his family to join the army . As Herman’s wife searches for reasons to make her adult children stay, her son Ren... read more

Bobby Gould in Hell

Mamet's one-act play takes the lead character from Speed-the-Plow, grabs him out of bed in his PJs, and plops him into the waiting room of hell. He is to be interviewed by the devil, who has had to interrupt his fishing trip for this, much to his annoyance. The subject of the interrogation is B... read more