Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Unbearable Hotness

Andrew has thrown a house party in hopes that the girl of his dreams, Marisa, will attend. Once he learns she is somewhere in his home, he becomes set on winning her heart. Matters are complicated when Chuck arrives bent on the same goal, followed by Jill who reveals her ex boyfriend is pursuing... read more

Unchatty Cathy

Cathy is an extremely shy high school student desperate to break out of her shell and introduce herself to Zachary, who wants to ask her to the spring dance, but is himself too shy. Cathy’s best friend Patsy is a budding filmmaker who decides to film Cathy’s journey to meet Zachary as a reality s... read more

Uncommon Women and Others

A group of Mount Holyoke-educated women meet at a restaurant for a reunion six years after they graduate. After excitedly greeting one another, telling jokes, and catching up, they flashback to various important moments from their college days that have helped to define their post-graduate lives... read more

The Undertakers Club

The Undertakers Club follows five students and the faculty advisor of their somewhat unusual club for future funeral directors. The students’ attitudes towards death range from the flippant to the professionally serious, but all are forced to face the issue personally when one of their members d... read more

The Vagabond King

Filled with romance, swordplay, high aspirations and low comedy, ‘The Vagabond King’ recreates the world of medieval Paris saved from the Burgundians by a "king for a day"--the poet-thief François Villon. Paris is under siege by the forces of the Duke of Burgundy and popular support of King Louis... read more

The Vagina Monologues

Through her interviews with more than 200 women, Eve Ensler chose some of the greatest stories about vaginas to include in The Vagina Monologues. The stories range from happy, to sad, to angry, to confused, but they are all spoken in an effort to empower women and celebrate the vagina. Ensler exp... read more


In two parallel stories, King Ludwig of Bavaria and James Avery, in their two separate times, come to grips with their sexuality. Both deal with an obsession over swans and difficult mothers. James has sexual relationships with both men, like Henry Lee Stafford, and women, like Sally Mortimer.... read more


Chronicling the comic journey of three bubbly Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond, this tale of coming-of-age in the '60s and '70s is a musical scrapbook of an era that had to be lived to be believed. Vanities offers a snapshot-sharp portrai... read more


A group of estranged friends meet at the American Museum of Natural History to hold a Love Funeral for the relationship that nearly ended one of their lives.Rena, Amber, and Carter have been friends for years, but their relationship is complicated. Rena is Carter's sister, but he used to date Amb... read more

La Vestale (The Vestal Virgin)

The Vestal virgin Julia finds herself divided between love and duty. She is duty bound to watch over the sacred flame in the temple. However, she is still in love with her former betrothed, the victorious general, Licinius. He tries to abduct her from the temple and while he escapes blame for pro... read more