Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Prodaná nevěsta

In a small Bohemian village, the fair maiden Mařenka is enamored with her sweetheart, Jeník. The problem? Her parents have brokered a marriage for her with the bumbling, stuttering son of a rich farmer to whom Mařenka’s father owes a debt. Appalled at the thought of having to be parted, Mařenk... read more

Le prophète (The Prophet)

The opera is set in the religious wars of 16th century Germany. Jean de Leyde , whose beloved, Berthe, is coveted by Count Oberthal, ruler of Dordrecht, is persuaded by a trio of sinister Anabaptists to proclaim himself king in Münster. He dies, accompanied by his faithful mother Fides, when the... read more


Proposals is a memory play that nostalgically recalls an afternoon the Hines family spends in the Pocono Mountains during the 1950s. The family's housekeeper, Clemma, narrates the story, which revolves around relationships at a family gathering. Clemma worries about a visit from her ex-husband.... read more


On the Philadelphia Main Line, the swath of suburbs just outside the city that are famously home to some of America’s most socially and financially elite, we meet the Duncan family. Arthur and Grace, now approaching late middle age, have expertly hidden behind a perfect veneer of family adoration... read more

La Puce a l'oreille

A Flea in Her Ear is Georges Feydeau’s wild and hilarious comedy of mistaken identities, motives and actions. Raymonde, the wife of Chandebise, suspects him of having an affair. When she receives “evidence” of his infidelity, she decides to catch him in the act. As it turns out, Chandebise is a g... read more


One rainy, London night, phonetics professor Henry Higgins takes in a flower girl named Eliza Doolittle in an effort to win a bet with Colonel Pickering, an expert in Indian dialects. He bets Pickering that he can teach Eliza elocution and pass her off as a lady to all of London society. Despite... read more

Quality of Life

Set in the Berkeley hills after a major fire, Quality of life is a 4-person play. The plot centers around two couples each of which has radically different religious viewpoints. Jeanette and Neil live in a yurt ever since their house was destroyed by the fire. Conservative Dinah and Bill are born... read more

Quiche Isn't Sexy

Jay, a burger addict, joins Meat Eaters Anonymous where he meets and falls for Jackie, a recovering lamb addict. At first, Jay serenades Jackie with vegetarian fare. However, it isn't long before the two backslide into meat addiction and launch a food truck pushing the very product they had sworn... read more

Radio Golf

The tenth and final play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Radio Golf follows a black man named Harmond Wilks on his quest to revive his childhood neighborhood and become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh. Wilks, his wife Mame, and his best friend Roosevelt, have planned a redevelopment pro... read more


“Raisin” takes place in 1950s Southside Chicago and revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. However, conflict ensues when mother and son want to spend the money in dif... read more