Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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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

Yerma

Simon Stone’s modern adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play, Yerma, tells the story of an unnamed woman who finds herself unable to have a child with her husband, John. The action takes place in a glass box which predominantly represents the couple’s new and big, empty London house, as well... 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