Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Zero Positive

As the play begins a young man, Himmer, is trying to console his father on the death of his long-estranged wife whom neither has seen for many years, but the older man, Jacob, is apparently more interested in his model trains. Himmer then conceives the idea of honoring his mother's memory by sta... read more

Ça Ira

Ça Ira Ira is an opera about real life events that occurred during the French Revolution between 1789-93 and led to overthrow of King Louis XVI and the establishment of the Republic. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are victims of the people's revolt and are imprisoned and beheaded. The opera... read more