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Jason Compton

"A Place in the Woods" employs an innovative set, but the kitchen-sink family drama fails to cover new ground. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theater’s production of “The Laramie Project” features a strong cast and kinetic staging. But the script from Tectonic Theater Project makes a misstep by demonizing the press and casting the theater artists as heroes. more

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Brett Williams

Madison Theatre Guild presents a reimagined musical version of “Working” at the Bartell Theatre. There are star turns for local performers and some songs, including a couple by “Hamilton”’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, that are worth the price of admission. more

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Matthew Murphy

Hot off the presses: Overture Center announces a huge new season, including “Miss Saigon” and “School of Rock.” more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Body Awareness,” a play by Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker, invites us into a complicated family drama set on a quaint New England college campus. It’s at the Bartell Theatre through April 7. more

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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

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Beau Meyer

German playwright Bertolt Brecht would likely approve of UW-Madison theater department’s visually and thematically stunning production of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” more

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Matthew Murphy

Despite a paper-thin plot, the dance and the visuals rule the touring production of “An American in Paris,” at Overture Hall through March 4. more

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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

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David Andrews Rogers has his dream job as musical director of the first touring Broadway production of “An American in Paris.” Gwendolyn Rice talks to him about touring with a 14-piece orchestra and why he loves life on the road. more

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Tom Klingele

Children’s Theater of Madison presents a magical regional premiere of the musical “Tuck Everlasting.” The cast is led by a luminous Malea Niesen, playing a homebound girl seeking adventure. more

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

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Carol Rosegg

When it debuted in 1996, “Rent” blew audience’s minds. As the 20th anniversary tour rolls through Overture, theater critic Gwendolyn Rice talks to Madison’s theater geeks about how well the show holds up. more

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Dan Myers

Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice looks back at the moments that stand out in a crowded field in 2017. more

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Tom Klingele

It’s a Christmas miracle: Children’s Theater of Madison manages to honor the classic story of “A Christmas Carol” without resorting to stale cliches. And Tiny Tim (8-year-old Azélie Klingele) will break your heart. more

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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

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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

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Andy Martin Jr

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Grinch — and Overture Center’s version is a winner. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theatre stages a production of “Is He Dead?” a recently rediscovered play by Mark Twain. Unfortunately, there's a good reason the play was never produced in Twain’s lifetime. more

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Liz Lauren

Jim DeVita is fascinating and terrifying in August Strindberg’s “Creditors,” the final play of American Players Theatre’s season. more

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