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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jonathan J. Miner

Mercury Players’ production of Tracy Letts’ drama “August: Osage County,” features expert direction and devastating performances in the sprawling multigenerational story of betrayal and abuse. more

Mar 15, 2017 9:00 AM Stage

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Dahlia Katz

Before “South Park” or “Book of Mormon,” Trey Parker created the 1993 cult film “Cannibal! The Musical.” A new stage version of the musical has been given the full Broadway treatment. Overture Center hosts its U.S. premiere this week. more

Mar 14, 2017 11:26 AM Stage

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Ross Zentner

Theatre Lila’s “The Bed” is a seamless weaving of dance, story and song. This dreamy collaboration plays at the Fredric March Play Circle through March 19. more

Mar 11, 2017 3:15 PM Stage

Madison Theater Guild's "The Whipping Man"

Tom Fonfara

A wounded Confederate soldier comes to his ruined family estate to celebrate Passover with his family’s former slaves in “The Whipping Man,” a sharp drama from Madison Theatre Guild. more

Mar 9, 2017 12:22 PM Stage

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Michael R. Anderson

University Opera's spring production is a carefully conceived and thought-provoking staging of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Turn of the Screw." more

Mar 4, 2017 9:41 AM Stage

Children’s Theater of Madison scores a hit with “Seussical,” an imaginative romp with the characters that populate the books of the beloved children’s author. more

Mar 1, 2017 2:28 PM Stage

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Morticians in Love” features a threadbare script about necrophiliac morticians. more

Feb 28, 2017 3:47 PM Stage 3 Comments

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Beau Meyer

University Theatre’s production of “Twelfth Night” is an intriguing and sometimes chaotic version of the Bard’s gender-bending comedy set in the Hawaiian islands. It’s at the UW-Madison’s Gilbert V. Hemsley Theatre through March 12. more

Feb 27, 2017 3:15 PM Stage

An Isthmus Live Session at Overture Center for the Arts featuring a performance of "The Dying Swan" by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo who performing at the Overture Center on Friday, February 24. more

Feb 24, 2017 12:53 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

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Matzner Photography

In “Baba Yaga: A Portrait of the Wickedest Witch,” Kanopy Dance undertakes an ambitious retelling of a Russian folk tale. more

Feb 14, 2017 12:30 PM Stage

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Ross Zentner

In Forward Theater Company’s “Outside Mullingar,” two middle-aged farmers discover love, despite a longstanding feud between their families. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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Michael Hirshon

Romance, lust and compassion will be unpacked during WPR’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge” live show at the Majestic on Feb. 9. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

A short, short story from a Madison high school teacher has traveled all the way from Madison to Beloit and finally to New York City, where “The Wallet” will premiere as a short opera. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Stage