Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice explores the last hour in the life of writer Frederick Rolfe , who died in Venice in 1913. A complex, cantankerous, and contradictory character, Rolfe relives a turbulent life, in which he made enemies with the same enthusiasm he sought friends, in which... read more

A Number

Caryl Churchill's A Number is a play that explores the issue of human cloning through the relationships between a father and his three sons. A tight two-hander taking place in a not-too-far off future, Churchill's play is a philosophical investigation into free will and the question of nature ve... read more

The Octoroon

The Octoroon was written by Dion Boucicault and was adapted from the novel The Quadroon by Thomas Mayne Reid. The play was first produced in 1859, at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City, and was both controversial because of it’s sympathetic and human portrayal of slaves before the civil... read more

Oedipus (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus the King)

The newly crowned young king of Thebes, Oedipus, having solved the riddle of the sphinx, has married the widowed Theban queen Jocasta and fathered two daughters. A plague, however, has overtaken his kingdom since he took the throne. Through a series of reveals and hubristic missteps that bring Oe... read more

Of Mice and Men

Based on the classic novella written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men tells the tale of two great friends and their struggle to live the American dream. George and Lennie have been traveling together from ranch to ranch for years, working hard to make ends meet and save enough for a place of th... read more

The Oldest Boy

In this stunning, quietly moving play from the inventive playwright Sarah Ruhl, an American woman learns that her son is believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist lama. When a pair of Tibetan monks arrive unexpectedly at her door and ask her to give up her son so that he might be edu... read more

One Flea Spare

It is 1665. As London spirals toward disaster in plague-time, a wealthy aristocrat and his invalid wife remain under quarantine inside their lavish home. In the middle of the night, two intruders –- a sailor and a mysterious girl –- break in and start demanding food. In the ensuing days, all beha... read more

Orlando

Orlando , a great soldier in Charlemagne's army, falls desperately in love with the pagan princess Angelica, who is in turn in love with another man, Medoro. Orlando cannot accept this and he is driven to madness, prevented only from causing absolute carnage by the magician Zoroastro . read more

Our Lady of Kibeho

In 1981, at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. Disbelieved both by her superiors and herby classmates, the girl -- Alphonsine -- is repeatedly ostracized, and scolded, out of fear. But when another student, Anathalie, also begins to witness the visions, a... read more

Panama Hattie

"Panama Hattie" concerns Hattie Maloney, a nightclub singer in Panama, who is engaged to a military officer, Nick Bullett. Hattie desperately wants to fit in with Nick and his upper-crust world. She also struggles to win the support of Nick's 8-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. read more