Bartell Theatre


Brett Williams

“Rock of Ages” revisits the rock of the Reagan Era with big hair, head-banging and MTV moves that made Tipper Gore blush. It’s at the Bartell Theater through March 17. more

Mar 8, 2018 5:00 AM Stage


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Would you rather your daughter fall in love with a Republican or a tree? The play “Arborophilia” turns that fun idea into a slog. more

Feb 28, 2018 2:51 PM Stage


Darren Lee

It’s a shame Madison Ballet’s “She” only runs one weekend. The excellent celebration of female choreographers couldn’t be more timely. more

Feb 3, 2018 2:30 PM Stage

Although it was created in just one week, Are We Delicious’ “Puss in Boots” has energy and polish to spare. more

Jan 24, 2018 5:00 AM Stage 5 Comments


Joan Marcus

Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:01 AM A & E

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Brett Williams

StageQ revives “The Twilight of the Golds” to commemorate the 20th anniversary season of the Bartell Theatre. It’s a moving look at power and acceptance. more

Dec 6, 2017 2:45 PM Stage


Charles Wetzel

“Spring Awakening” is the first full stage musical from Express Yourself! Dance Studio. It features some standout teen performers, but lacks polish. more

Dec 1, 2017 4:21 PM Stage 3 Comments


Marie Schulte

The audience needs to suspend belief in Madison Theatre Guild’s clunky thriller “Wait Until Dark.” But lead actor Erin Baal is terrific as a newly blind protagonist who’s being terrorized by three con men. more

Nov 8, 2017 12:03 PM Stage

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

Despite Suzan Kurry’s excellent portrayal of both sisters, “The Mineola Twins” doesn’t quite hang together. more

Oct 18, 2017 12:06 PM 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

“From Awkward Spaces” is a new play at the Bartell Theatre that documents the story of how leaders of Madison theater groups got together to create a home for themselves in an unused movie house. more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM 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

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Jonathan J. Miner

Looking for a fun and thought-provoking date night? Strollers Theatre’s “Prelude to a Kiss” is a delightful love story anchored by strong performances. It plays at the Bartell Theatre through Feb. 18. more

Feb 5, 2017 9:20 AM Stage


Dan Myers

“Time Stands Still,” presented by Madison Theatre Guild, is a nuanced and powerful play about journalists returning from the Middle East. It’s a fascinating study of relationships and the morality of wartime reporting. more

Jan 15, 2017 11:45 AM Stage


Jonathan Popp

Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theater’s production of “Detroit ‘67” is a timely and thought-provoking look at race relations in a troubled city. It plays at the Bartell Theatre through Nov. 12. more

Oct 30, 2016 3:30 PM Stage


Dan Myers

“The Nance” is an entertaining and poignant look at entertainers in the waning years of the vaudeville era. It’s at the Bartell Theatre through May 6. more

May 2, 2017 3:00 PM , Stage