Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Wolf Hall

Based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novel by the same name, Wolf Hall is a stage adaptation of the fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to King Henry VIII of England. Following the failure Cardinal Wolsey to secure Henry’s divorce from Katharine of Aragon, Cromwell uses a dangerous... read more

The Wolves

Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves is the debut play of up-and-coming playwright Sarah DeLappe. Featuring an all-female cast , The Wolves chronicles six Saturday mornings in the lives of a soccer team somewhere in suburban America as they prepare for their games. The girls discuss everything from... read more

A Woman Killed with Kindness

A Woman Killed With Kindness, a critically acclaimed Renaissance drama by the renowned playwright Thomas Heywood, centers around the marriage between John Frankford and his new wife, Anne. The couple have a seemingly perfect marriage, until Frankford invites Wendoll into their home to stay as his... read more

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society at the end of the nineteenth century. It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of the rich and powerful, where Lord, Ladies, and Archdeacons socialize and gossip about their contemporaries. The play opens in the garden of the H... read more

Women and Wallace

Wallace Kirkman is a bright, articulate little boy, who loves his mother very much. When she kills herself with the same knife she has just finished using to cut his perfect peanut butter sandwich lunch, Wallace is hit with a lifelong dose of guilt, anger, and confusion. Over the course of Women... read more

Wonderful World

Two couples, Jennifer and Max and Barry and Patty, are not doing very well. Even though their jobs are to help people, they do not seem to be able to help themselves. Max accidentally says that a few months ago, he was so scared about making a commitment with Jennifer that he fantasized about k... read more

Woyzeck

Loosely based on the real figure of Johann Christian Woyzeck, Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck is a naturalist indictment of the dehumanizing effects of the military and science on unsuspecting victims. The titular character is a soldier unwillingly subjected to a doctor’s experiment just so he can have e... read more

Year After Year

One couple… and a Christmas dinner table set for three. Mary and Paul are a married couple in their fifties, getting ready for Christmas dinner. On autopilot, Mary sets the table for three, instead of two. It is six years since they lost their daughter but Mary struggles daily with their loss. Pa... read more

Yellow Face

Yellow Face is David Henry Hwang's self-mocking drama about his reaction to the casting of caucasian actor Jonathan Pryce as a Eurasian character in his Broadway play, M. Butterfly. Hwang was loudly critical of the casting choice, and he decides to write a play about the experience. He finds th... read more

Yoga Fart

Amy wants her big sister Zelda to have a perfect wedding day. Even after discovering that Zelda slept with her boyfriend, Amy resolves to hold her feelings in until after the wedding is over. To stay calm, Amy throws herself into a series of Yoga classes. Soon, however, the dark clouds brewing wi... read more