Gwendolyn Rice

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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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Michael Lenehan’s new book, “Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company,” feels like a loving yet clueless summer vacation essay. more

Oct 25, 2016 3:18 PM Books


Centenary College

APT founders Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to Madison for a one-night only performance of “The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio” at the Union Theater on Oct. 21. more

Oct 20, 2016 4:00 AM Stage


Laura Kwait Glazer

It’s not just a slick advertisement for expensive dolls: Children’s Theater of Madison’s remount of “American Girls Revue” is a strong piece of theater, with plenty of important lessons for girls growing up today. more

Oct 11, 2016 4:12 PM Stage


Carol Rosegg

An updated version of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Cinderella” waltzed into Overture Hall Oct. 4. The result is a completely delightful experience — with a hometown gal playing the spunky heroine. more

Oct 6, 2016 4:37 PM Stage

Local WPR host Veronica Rueckert offers voice coaching that helps women be heard — and taken seriously. There are a host of behaviors common to women that often sabotage their presentations and ideas. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis

Madison’s venues are popping with culture this fall and winter. Isthmus critics do the work for you by letting you know which theater, visual art, dance and classical music to get on your radar — and onto your calendar. more

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A Cottage Grove native, Tatyana Lubova, lands her dream job as the title role in Cinderella — after just four months in New York City. Cinderella opens at Overture Center on Oct. 4. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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Dan Myers

Madison Theatre Guild’s production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, “A Behanding in Spokane,” is classic McDonagh: full of violence, off-kilter characters and dark foreboding. more

Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM Stage

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Jonathan J. Miner

Strollers Theatre’s production of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is smartly directed and filled with lively characters, based on Neil Simon’s real-life experiences as a TV comedy writer. more

Sep 14, 2016 11:13 AM Stage


Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre sets its “King Lear” in the present day. The show’s effects are impressive, but they overwhelm and overshadow the actors and the text. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM Stage


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