Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Water By the Spoonful

In a far corner of the internet, moderator “Haikumom” leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts, From behind their screens, these individuals who might never encounter each other in real life -- a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier-- forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer,... read more

The Way of the World

One of the most popular Restoration comedy of manners escapades, William Congreve’s The Way of the World follows the story of Edward Mirabell and his love Millamant. To ensure the inheritance of Millamant’s dowry, the two need the consent of her disdainful and difficult aunt, Lady Wishfort. Howev... read more

The Way We Get By

Beth and Doug are both attractive, intelligent, and charming -- neither has ever struggled to find a partner. In the dim light of early morning following a drunken hookup, however, the pair find themselves in uncharted territory. As they flirt, fight, and flounder in the blurry, half-drunk morni... read more

Well

Well is a funny and touching comedy about mothers and daughters, mind over body, social activism and theatre itself. Lisa, the onstage playwright, attempts a memory play about her force-of-nature mother, Ann, who though constantly ill manages to heal a community. Besides Lisa and her mom, the sh... read more

Werther

The young, melancholic poet Werther falls madly in love with the married Charlotte, but she is betrothed to another man. He obsesses over her, writing her letters constantly. Charlotte tries to convince Werther to forget her and to move on and find another love, yet Werther refuses as he can only... read more

The West Wing

When former colleagues, Linda and Janet, bump into each other in an empty room at the White House, tensions run high. They collide over questions of patriotism, constitutional law, American exceptionalism...and whether a pigeon can be the president. With the state of US politics under internation... read more

Western Star

The show takes place in the Colorado Territory, circa 1875. The citizens of the town of Esperanza want to build a church and have raised $5000 for the project. However, they have no minister. When the conman, Sam Goode, convinces the townsfolk to let him become the minister, events are set in mo... read more

The Whale

In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death. As he inches closer and closer the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, and Elder Thomas, a young, hopeful Mormon mission... read more

What About Luv?

The show takes place on the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River. Harry is about commit suicide by jumping off. Meanwhile, his old schoolmate, Milt, appears planning to meet his wife on the bridge and then kill her so he can run off with a sexy girl from the office. Luckily, when Harry and... read more

What The Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton’s final play, is an intensely funny farce set in the sexually charged private clinic of psychiatrist, Dr. Prentice. As the play opens, Dr. Prentice is interviewing the young, attractive Geraldine Barclay to be his new secretary. During her brief interview, she revea... read more