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Gwendolyn Rice

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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Shawn Harper

In 2016, Madison-area audiences enjoyed a host of challenging and delightful stage offerings. Here are some of the year’s favorites from Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice and dance critic Katie Reiser. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM , Stage

It’s not a typical holiday musical by any stretch of the imagination. Music Theatre of Madison’s production of “Striking 12” is a modern musical riff on the saddest of Christmas stories: Han Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” more

Dec 20, 2016 1:12 PM Stage

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Tom Klingele

Children’s Theater of Madison presents a nuanced version of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” Shakespearean veteran David Daniel brings a surprising tenderness to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:38 PM Stage

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Beau Meyer

Isthmus critic Gwendolyn Rice says University Theatre’s radio drama production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” captures the spirit and joy of the 1946 movie. more

Dec 6, 2016 11:07 AM Stage

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre wraps up a strong season with “Mary’s Wedding,” a stunning meditation on war and loss. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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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

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Dan Myers

Madison Theatre Guild’s “Alice” is an original musical take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tales with a hard-rock score and strong performers. It runs at the Bartell Theatre through Nov. 5. more

Oct 29, 2016 4:30 PM Stage

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Beau Meyer

It’s a bit gimmicky, but University Theatre’s production of “Stupid F*cking Bird” is a fresh, funny version of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” more

Oct 28, 2016 12:35 PM Stage