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Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM , , , Isthmus Cover Stories


James Gill

“Production camp” for UW-Madison’s swing choir involves 12- and 14-hour days of grueling rehearsal for 18 days straight. The hard work will make every move look effortless for the group’s 50th anniversary show. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Benjamin Barlow

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is based on a now partly debunked accounting of Mike Daisey’s visits to Foxconn’s factories in China. Actor Jason Compton performs the controversial monologue at the Bartell Theatre beginning Aug. 31. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Wisconsin Historical Society

Unlike its controversial monuments, Confederate Rest cemetery, which houses the graves of more than 100 Confederate soldiers, was a unifying force. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 3 Comments


Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “A View from the Bridge” is a haunting tragedy of Greek proportions, with some of finest acting of the season. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

Four spectacular women deliver a dynamic punk-rock version of the story of the woman accused of killing her father and stepmother. “Lizzie” is at the Fredric March Play Circle through Aug. 26. more

Aug 18, 2017 4:35 PM Stage


Liz Lauren

In the course of one evening, American Players Theatre’s “Three Sisters” shows the short distance between a life filled with color and energy and one of grim, staid monotones. more

Aug 18, 2017 11:22 AM 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

A UW summer course explores the many facets of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s game-changing musical “Hamilton.” more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Mike Brown

Despite some dull staging, Four Seasons Theatre’s “Man of La Mancha” succeeds at delivering a challenging and gorgeous score. more

Aug 4, 2017 3:39 PM Stage 1 Comments


Liz Lauren

Loosely based on a true story of domestic servants lashing out at cruel employers, American Players Theatre’s “The Maids” is a brutal and unrelenting look at race and class inequality. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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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