Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Tin Pan Ali

In ‘Tin Pan Ali’ the traditional story of Ali Baba, the Arabian peasant whose discovery of a magic cave containing a trove of stolen riches leads to wealth and relentless pursuit by a band of forty thieves, is updated to now take place in Prohibition-era Chicago. The hero is a street sweeper, and... read more

Tintypes

‘Tintypes’ chronicles the growing pains of a nation in a musical revue that takes the audience back to turn of the century America, when the innocent, slower-paced days of ice cream socials and hoop skirts are giving way to a bustling world of automobiles, electricity and the telephone, where Ame... read more

Tip-Toes

‘Tip-Toes’ tells the story of Tip-Toes and her two uncles, vaudevillians called “The Three Kayes”, who travel down to Palm Beach, Florida. They try to pass themselves off as “swells” so that Tip-Toes can get a rich husband. In the end, she learns that the best way to find true love by just being... read more

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many

A beautifully written piece about grieving the loss of the one whose love changed everything. A widow & her adult daughter are left behind to sort out what life looks like now that James is gone. Their own relationship seems foreign without him around, but they are stuck with each other. Emma i... read more

Top Banana

Jerry Biffle, the star of the Blendo Soap Program, has been invited to participate in an autograph-signing party for his new book at an important department store. At the signing he meets a beautiful department store model, Sally, and makes her part of his TV troupe. As part of his campaign to co... read more

Topdog/Underdog

Topdog/Underdog is a dark comedy revolving around two African-American brothers: Lincoln and Booth. Their father chose their names as a twisted joke shortly before deserting them. The choice of naming the children after an assassin and his target foreshadows how tumultuous the relationship betwee... read more

Tracks

What happens after we die? In Peter Tarsi’s one-act play Tracks, ten people from all over the country find themselves in a single subway station after their deaths. They are faced with a profound decision: Do they get on the next train without knowing where it goes? As these characters discuss th... read more

Tranced

An African graduate student named Azmera is having panic attacks, and she looks to a prominent psychologist, Philip, to give her help. He specializes in a kind of hypnosis similar to a trance, and he places her in one in order to find out her problems. She ends up discussing some incident that sh... read more

Translations

Translations is set in a small Irish town in the summer of 1833. Hugh O'Donnell is the headmaster of a hedge school, a rural school that teaches basic education to farm families. Hugh's older son, Manus, teaches there with him. Hugh insists on teaching in Irish, even though he knows that the l... read more

Travesties

Tom Stoppard’s Travesties is a play that follows the often-faulty memories of Henry Carr, an elderly man who spent time in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War. At that time, the city was also inhabited by several revolutionary thinkers, including modernist author James Joyce; founder... read more