Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Ruins

Medusa has lost her head, and her serpents are hunting through the ancient Greek ruins for a new host. So themed is The Ruins haunted house, where Luna is a make-up artist. As the Minotaur, the Siren, the Cyclops and a host of mythological beasts take their places for opening night, Luna is thrus... read more

Sagittarius Ponderosa

Fleeing a troubled recent past, Archer returns home to Central Oregon amidst a time of confusion. Intent upon asserting his trans nature to a family who still thinks of him as “Angela,” he hesitates in the face of his ill father’s transition from life to death, and the very certainty of the local... read more

Saint Joan

Shaw's play is a fictionalized version of the historical life of Joan of Arc. Young Joan, a French farmgirl, hears the voices of saints telling her to raise an army to fight the English. When the war starts to go the way of the French, the English convince the Church to have her tried for heresy... read more

Salome

Salome is Oscar Wilde’s twist on the biblical story of Herod, Herodias, and Salome. The story tells of a lovely young girl Salome, her step-father Herod’s obsession with her, and Salome’s infatuation with the prophet John the Baptist . This hypersexualized story and grim-fated heroine have outrag... read more

Searching for Eden: the diaries of adam & eve

This two-person play is set in the Garden of Eden and follows the meeting of the first man and woman. Playwright James Still combines Mark Twain’s short stories about Adam and Even to create the story. The play begins at the couple’s meeting and the battle of the sexes starts, language is delicio... read more

The Shadow Box

Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, different parts of the country, and are in different stages of accepting the things they have in common: they are all dying of cancer, and they are all living out their final days, in company with friends and family, in homey hospice cot... read more

She Wore Those Shoes

Inspired by the documentary The Invisible War, Erlina Ortiz’s She Wore Those Shoes exploresthe prevailing issue of sexual assault within the United States military and the silence, stigma,and negligence that survivors often face.Protagonist, Yudy, a strong and confident young woman, excitedly joi... read more

Sight Unseen

Margulies' play is the story of Jonathan Waxman, a superstar artist, so popular that collectors will buy his work "sight unseen." In London for a major retrospective, Jonathan decides to call his former girlfriend, Patricia, who posed for him as a student and whose influence became a turning p... read more

Six Degrees of Separation

When a young and effortlessly charismatic black con man claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier himself smiles his way into the sympathetic living rooms of a few of New York City’s white wealthy elite, and tears a swath of disillusionment through their preconceptions and comfortable lives, the t... read more

Skylight

On a chilly night in East London, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from Tom Sergeant, Kyra’s one-time boss and long-time lover. After the painful dissolution of Tom and Kyra’s relationship, the pair have pulled away from each other physically, emotionally, and ideologically... read more