Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Molly Sweeney

Brian Friel's play tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind since infancy, who undergoes an operation to attempt to restore her sight. We hear the story from the perspectives of Molly, her husband, Frank, and Dr. Paddy Rice, as three monologues that are woven together to form a powerf... read more


When first seen, Alfred Evelyn is resigned to the poverty that has made his days a grind, working as a secretary for his wealthy cousin, Sir John Vesey, and Sir John’s daughter, Georgina, the richest heiress in England. However, Evelyn soon comes into his own fortune but, having been rejected onc... read more

The Montagues and Capulets

This play was inspired by imagining a life that Juliet might have lived, if she had rejected Romeo and gone on to greatness. Part of the fun of the play, is seeing the familiar plot inverted, with moments of misery turned to humor. Also, elements from other Shakespearean plays are woven into the... read more

A Moon for the Misbegotten

A Moon for the Misbegotten is the story of a doomed man’s guilt and the woman who tries desperately to love him. Moon is the sequel to the events in O’Neill’s , and features the elder Tyrone brother as the main character. Jamie Tyrone is now older and much, much sadder than when he was first in... read more

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