Gwendolyn Rice

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “A Flea in Her Ear” is a thoroughly funny farce, with sex, jealousy and mistaken identities. more

Jun 27, 2017 4:02 PM Stage


Beau Meyer

A talented cast of four UW students plays nearly two dozen characters in “Almost, Maine,” a series of vignettes based on life in playwright John Cariani’s tiny home town. more

Jun 14, 2017 11:01 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


Todd Hubler

Summer theater encompasses everything from Shakespeare to a riot-grrrl musical about Lizzie Borden. The truly adventurous can try conducting an opera with a glow stick. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Summertimes

Beloved for her voice roles in Disney’s “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” groundbreaking actor and singer Lea Salonga’s live concert at Wisconsin Union Theater on April 30 showed depth and power. more

May 2, 2017 4:45 PM MUSIC


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


Dan Myers

Children’s Theater of Madison doesn’t quite succeed in connecting the lives of Golda Meir and a young African American girl in “To the Promised Land.” But the play features a fantastic lead performance by Laetitia Hollard. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:05 PM Stage

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 1 Comments


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


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


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


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


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


Jonathan Raymond Popp

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

Feb 28, 2017 3:47 PM Stage 3 Comments


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


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