Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Moon Over Buffalo

It is the summer of 1953, and George and Charlotte Hay, formerly a couple of Broadway stars, have taken their run-down touring company to Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo they have the intention of running “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory, all the while grumbling about missed Ho... read more

Moonlight and Magnolias

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from... read more

Mother Russia

Mother Russia is about three different people who go to Russia, each person on a different quest. A Witch for hire discusses her services: she can help these three people achieve their goals. Later, in comedic sequences, her powers are put to the test. read more

The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop is a fictional retelling of how Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last night on earth, before his tragic assassination. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop speech” on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Martin goes to the Lorraine Motel to rest before... read more

Mourning Becomes Electra

A trilogy of tragic plays inspired by Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, Mourning Becomes Electra is Eugene O’Neill’s tragic masterpiece, rivaled only by Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Set in New England at the time of the American Civil War, Mourning Becomes Electra follows the cursed and corrupt Mann... read more

Move Over Mrs. Markham

Move Over Mrs. Markham is set in a very elegant top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. The flat has been under renovation, and thus has been largely empty. Philip is a straight-laced publisher of children's books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on t... read more

Mr. Burns, a Post-electric Play

What happens to pop culture after the fall of human civilization? What about 7 years after the fall? Or even 75 years? Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, endeavors to find out. When nuclear power plants across the country begin to “go up,” a small group of survivors gather in the woods and begin to... read more

Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach

A cable TV host, Mr. Charles, acts so flamboyant, constantly utilizing “nellie breaks,” or the waving around of limp wrists that is so commonly associated with gay men, that he is forced to leave New York. He ends up setting up shop in Florida, where he, along with his assistant Shane, continue t... read more

Mr. President

President Stephen Decatur Henderson loses his bid for re-election due to a botched trip to the Soviet Union. Eventually, at the behest of the new president, he returns to political life as a Senator. read more

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Young Vivie Warren has lived in England all of her life. She has a very good education, paid for by her mother's work. She barely knows her mother, much less what her mother does for a living. When Mrs. Warren comes to visit, Vivie discovers that Mrs. Warren runs a brothel on the continent. M... read more