Theater & Dance


Mike Brown

he musical adaptation of “The Spitfire Grill” surpasses its source material to create an authentic and heartwarming portrait of small-town redemption. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance launches its season with "Beautiful Isolation," which includes two signature works by modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow and strong pieces by co-directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary. more

Nov 11, 2017 2:00 PM Stage

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James Gill

Powerful mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano really grabs the listener’s ears and eyes in Madison Opera’s revival of “Carmen” at Overture Hall. more

Nov 4, 2017 8:56 AM Stage 2 Comments

Four spectacular women deliver a dynamic punk-rock version of the story of the woman accused of killing her father and stepmother. “Lizzie” is at the Fredric March Play Circle through Aug. 26. more

Aug 18, 2017 4:35 PM Stage


Amy Kucharik

As it approaches a half-century of existence, Madison’s scrappy Broom Street Theater welcomes its fourth artistic director, playwright and novelist Doug Reed. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

A UW summer course explores the many facets of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s game-changing musical “Hamilton.” more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Jonathan Raymond Popp

An early work from Sarah Ruhl, one of the country’s most original playwrights, “Melancholy Play” has a tough time balancing humor, absurdity and darkness. Add a dreary cello score, and it ends up being a downer. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Mike Brown

Despite some dull staging, Four Seasons Theatre’s “Man of La Mancha” succeeds at delivering a challenging and gorgeous score. more

Aug 4, 2017 3:39 PM Stage 1 Comments


Michael Brosilow

In one of the greatest romantic leads of all times, James Ridge devastates as the roguish poet/soldier in American Players Theatre’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre has made major improvements to its Hill Theatre and lobby. All the magic and romance is still there, but the space is more functional and practical. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Joan Marcus

“Beautiful:The Carole King Musical” gives a glimpse into the life and work of the best-selling songwriter. King’s fans will certainly leave Overture Hall singing her timeless tunes and appreciating how she beat the odds. more

Jun 14, 2017 4:20 PM Stage


Tyler Bingman

Sean Langenecker is delightful in his portrayal of the badly behaved genius composer Mozart, in Strollers Theatre’s production of “Amadeus.” It might not be true, but it’s quite entertaining. more

Jun 3, 2017 3:30 PM Stage 1 Comments


Kelly Doering

StageQ’s “Perfect Arrangement” looks at gay and lesbian lives during the McCarthy-era “Lavender Scare.” more

Apr 29, 2017 1:55 PM Stage 4 Comments

Even an adaptation from funnyman Steve Martin can’t get belly laughs in University Theatre’s revival of the 1910 German play “The Underpants.” more

Apr 20, 2017 4:44 PM Stage 1 Comments


William Vendetta / Chicago Tribu

Milwaukee playwright Jon Daly was inspired by a photo of Golda Meir with a Milwaukee schoolgirl. Now Children’s Theater of Madison produces his “To the Promised Land,” a work infused with magical realism and social justice. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

A new theater group in Madison launches with staged readings of “The Exonerated,” a searing documentary play about miscarriage of justice. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 AM Stage


Michael & Suz Karchmer

The script isn’t perfect, but Tracey Conyer Lee is captivating as a broken-down Billie Holiday in Capital City Theatre’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” more

Apr 4, 2017 9:47 AM Stage


Joan Marcus

Madison audiences don’t need to go to New York City to catch a professional performance of “Waitress” or “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” The current Broadway hits are part of Overture Center’s 2017-18 season. more

Apr 2, 2017 9:00 AM Stage 2 Comments


Joan Marcus

There’s no escaping reality in the dark and arresting version of “Cabaret” playing at the Overture Center for the Arts through March 26. more

Mar 23, 2017 4:08 PM Stage

“Learning to Stay,” Forward Theater Company’s first full-length commissioned work, is based on a novel by Erin Celello, a former gubernatorial speechwriter. The show deals with the hidden wounds of war. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM Stage