Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

After the Revolution

Emma Joseph, a bright, hard-working, recent law school graduate descended from a long line of Marxists, is continuing her family’s business of fighting for progressive ideals. She founded the Joe Joseph Fund four years ago, named for her grandfather who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for... read more

All in the Timing

Featuring six diverse but equally hysterical one-act comedies, David Ives’ _All in the Timing_ is a witty, romantic, absurd, and existentially-minded evening of theatre. In Sure Thing, a couple on a first date has the opportunity to reset and try again each time they say the wrong thing. _Words,... read more

All's Well That Ends Well

Set in contemporary France, the plot concerns Helena. the daughter of recently deceased court physician, who pursues the well born Bertram, Count of Rossillion. She is granted his hand as a reward for curing the King of a fistula. Bertram, however, is indignant at being forced to marry below his... read more

Amadeus

The play explores the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the court composer for the Emperor of Austria in the late eighteenth century. Jealous of Mozart’s genius and resentful of his own mediocrity, the composer Antonio Salieri secretly rejects God and vows to destroy hi... read more

Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches

_Angels in America_ is Tony Kushner’s two-part, seven-hour epic, which he describes as “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” In the first part, we meet Louis and Prior and Harper and Joe, two couples whose relationships are on the rocks: the former because of Prior’s AIDS diagnosis and Louis’s ina... read more

Antony and Cleopatra

_Antony & Cleopatra_ concerns the scandalous affair between the Roman general Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Antony, a well-respected warrior and one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, spends his time in Egypt cavorting with Cleopatra and living a life of decadence. Their blind p... read more

As You Like It

In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic pastoral comedies, we follow the young heroine Rosalind from the court of her vindictive uncle, Duke Frederick, into the Eden-like Forest of Arden, where her banished father is living in exile. In order to avoid running into trouble, Rosalind disguise... read more

August: Osage County

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, _August: Osage County_ centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-te... read more

Balm in Gilead

_Balm in Gilead_ takes place in 1966 in Frank's café, an all-night coffee shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side peopled by a makeshift community of dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, dreamers and runaways. The plot loosely centers on Joe, a cynical drug dealer, and Darlene, a naive new arriv... read more

Betrayal

A sharp look into the nature of romantic relationships, Harold Pinter’s *Betrayal* starts in 1977 when long time lovers Jerry and Emma meet after her marriage to her husband Robert dissolves. and then backtracks all the way to 1968 when their affair first began. As the years spin backwards, a co... read more