College of Arts and Humanities

Content Guide

Theatre UCF shows are designed for college-aged and adult audiences and often deal with themes that may not be appropriate for all ages. At the same time, we recognize that younger children may want to see their older sibling’s performances, and therefore leave it up to the parents/guardians to determine if the content is appropriate for their child to watch.

We have based our ratings on the Motion Picture Association of America ratings system. Plays are not movies, however, and no system is perfect. This is only a viewer’s guide, intended to help inform our audiences and not to exclude anyone from seeing a play. In fact, we hope it does the exact opposite! If after reading the below information, you still have questions about the content of a play you wish to see, please call our box office at 407-823-1500

We encourage you to check this information again as the performance dates draw close.The below information has been compiled before the show opens, and content may change during the rehearsal process. We will do our best to update the descriptions as we learn more about each show.

Almost, Maine

Synopsis: On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream. (Dramatists Play Service)
Language: No curse words. Does contain some mild sexual innuendos.
Smoking and Drinking: Characters drink alcohol on stage in two scenes.
Sexual References: None.
Violence: None.
What audiences is this best suited: High school students, college students, and adults.
Rating: If Almost, Maine were a movie, it would be rated PG.

The World Goes ‘Round

Synopsis: A stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony-award-winning team Kander and Ebb. Filled with humor, romance, drama, and nonstop melody this title is a thrilling celebration of life and indomitable spirit. From Cabaret to Chicago the non-stop hit-parade features unforgettable gems like "Mr. Cellophane," "Cabaret," and "New York, New York," seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.
Language: Once song ("Class") has a few mild curses including "Pain in the _ _ _", "son of a _ _ _ _ _", and the words "crap" and "whores."
Smoking and Drinking: Beers are toasted and chugged in one song.
Sexual References: None
Violence: None
What audiences is this best suited: All
Rating: If The World Goes ‘Round were a movie, it would be rated PG.

Clybourne Park

Synopsis: Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Language: There is cursing in this production, including the "F-word" and the "C-word." In addition, there are racial epithets.
Smoking and Drinking: None.
Sexual References: None.
Violence: Possibility of shoving.
What audiences is this best suited: Clybourne Park includes mature language and themes. It would be best suited for college students and older. Mature high schoolers may find the content challenging, but applicable to current events in the media.
Rating: If Clybourne Park were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

Young Frankenstein

Synopsis: From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation: Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. (Source: MTI Shows)
Language: This production contains a few swear words and moderate sexual innuendo.
Smoking and Drinking: None.
Sexual References: Moderate references to female and male body parts and sex acts.
Violence: Minimal feigned slapstick violence.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students, and high school students who have a twisted sense of humor.
Rating: If Young Frankenstein were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

Cloud 9

Synopsis: The time-shifting comedy by the author of Top Girls created a sensation Off-Broadway directed by Tommy Tune. Here we are in 1880 darkest but British Africa as portrayed in old movies, plays and novels. Only with a difference. Both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes especially towards sex. There is Clive, a British functionary, his wife Betty (played by a man), their daughter Victoria (a rag doll), Clive's friend Harry an explorer, Mrs. Saunders who runs about dressed in a riding habit, Clive's son Edward who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman and Joshua a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on. What really is going on is a marvelous send up and a non-stop round robin of sexual liaisons. All this time the natives are restless in the background. The second act shifts to London in 1980 except for the surviving characters it is only twenty five years later and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated along with the Empire. (Source: Samuel French)
Language: This production contains a proliferation of swear words, sexual innuendos, and racial epithets.
Smoking and Drinking: Actors will be drinking alcohol onstage.
Sexual References: Sexual innuendos.
Violence: Very brief onstage violence.
What audiences is this best suited: Cloud 9 includes mature language and themes, and uses deliberate casting to question the audience’s expectations of gender, race, and age. This play is best suited for ages 17 and up.
Rating: If Cloud 9 were a movie, it would be rated R.

Romeo and Juliet

Synopsis: Shakespeare’s classic story of how two young lovers defy their sparring families and elope. Through a series of misunderstandings, the lovers end up dead and the families call a truce on their battles. The UCF version will take place during the prohibition era.
Language: This production contains some swear words and moderate sexual innuendo.
Smoking and Drinking: Actors will be smoking and drinking alcohol onstage. Scenes take place in night clubs.
Sexual References: Moderate sexual innuendos.
Violence: This production includes a large amount of stage combat violence. Characters get killed and kill themselves.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students, and high school students who are able to understand classic language and themes.
Rating: If Romeo and Juliet were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

Hedda Gabler

Synopsis: Henrik Ibsen's great social drama of a caged woman in the late nineteenth century explores her tormented desire for escape and her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom. Hedda Gabler, daughter of an aristocratic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) from her honeymoon. Her husband is Jørgen Tesman, an aspiring, young, reliable (but not brilliant) academic who has combined research with their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him but has married him for reasons pertaining to the boring nature of her life. It is also suggested that she may be pregnant. (Source: Samuel French)
Language: This production contains some sexual innuendos.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking or drinking occurs in this production.
Sexual References: This production contains some sexual innuendos.
Violence: Guns are present onstage, and a gun is fired toward the end of the show.
What audiences is this best suited: Adults, college students, and high school students under parental guidance.
Rating: If Hedda Gabler were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

Oklahoma!

Synopsis: Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! (Source: rnh.com)
Language: No curse words are used in this production.
Smoking and Drinking: No smoking or drinking occurs in this production.
Sexual References: None.
Violence: Fighting and gun shots.
What audiences is this best suited: This show is appropriate for all audiences.
Rating: If Oklahoma! were a movie, it would be rated G.

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