Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Once in a Lifetime

In the dying days of vaudeville, a washed-up performing trio cools its heels in New York City. Dim-witted straight man George is happy to sit around reading Variety, energetic idea man Jerry is off at the movies, leaving practical May to bewail the future. When the first talking picture revolutio... 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

One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors is a fast-paced, hilarious farce that follows the mixed fortunes of Francis Henshall. Down on his luck and permanently hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. His first guvnor is Roscoe Crabbe, a revered London gangster who has, apparently, come to Brig... read more


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


It’s 1992. The bloody tension between Israel and Palestine has never been higher. US-led peace negotiations continue to fail. Violence tears the region apart. Unbeknownst to the world, a Norwegian couple dared to try to help. Terje Rød-Larsen and Mona Juul organized a secret channel of negotiatio... read more

Our House

Revolving around the music of British band, Madness, Our House follows the story of London lad Joe Casey. On the night of his sixteenth birthday, an over-excited Joe takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out for a romantic evening. On a whim, he breaks into a new building development near his hous... 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

Out of this World

"Out of this World" is a musical adaptation of Plautus' comedy Amphitryon. The story revolves around the lives of Roman gods Mercury and Jupiter, who are in search of some earthly entertainment. The focus of their attention turns to a young bride, Helen and her husband, Art. Things get interesti... read more

Over the River and Through the Woods

Nick Cristano may be living the life of a modern young professional in New York City, but his loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs: in New Jersey, in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud, loving, and well-fed Italian-American grandparents, who live two doors down... read more