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Madison Repertory Theatre makes a foray into the realm of musical theater this summer, and in signature style, the company refuses to aim low. The Rep takes on Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, often called the greatest American musical of all. more

Jul 19, 2007 5:22 PM Stage

Since completing her MFA at UW-Madison in 1977, versatile artist Jane Hammond has risen to international acclaim, garnered endowments and grants, and seen her work displayed in many of the world's most prestigious museums. more

Jul 13, 2007 4:13 PM A & E

Rather than make light of the brutal treatment Shylock receives at the hands of his "Christian" adversaries, director James Bohnen confronts this ugliness head on, tempering the play's romantic comedy with poignant questions about mercy and justice. more

Jul 5, 2007 7:55 PM Stage

Somewhere between Sex and the City and Cheers (and slightly to the left of David Mamet's oeuvre) one might find Megan McGlone's Why We Come Here , an episodic, dialogue-driven comedy now premiering at Broom Street Theater. more

Jun 28, 2007 6:09 PM Stage

This summer, if you are seeking something fresh and locally grown, the Farmers' Market isn't the only place to turn. UW-Madison's Continuing Studies in Theatre, University Theatre, and the Madison Repertory Theatre are joining forces to produce the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project, designed to foster the development of original works by Wisconsin playwrights. more

Jun 7, 2007 4:09 PM Stage

Penned by Renaissance playwright Christopher Marlowe more than 400 years ago, Doctor Faustus tells the tale of a greedy scholar who consigns his soul to hell in exchange for 24 years of debauchery and power on earth. more

May 10, 2007 4:23 PM Stage

Never a troupe to follow the beaten path, Mercury Players Theatre combines the brand-spanking-new and the almost-new in its current production. more

May 3, 2007 4:35 PM Stage

As Madison's only self-identified queer theater company, StageQ has the potential for tremendous impact on the community ' a fact of which Ayres is acutely aware. With an entire adult life devoted to socially conscious cultural events, including WORT broadcasts and feminist dances, Ayres knows how vital the arts scene is to Madison. more

Mar 15, 2007 4:00 PM Stage

The praise heaped on Madison actress Carrie Coon over the past year has been so lavish (some have compared her to Vanessa Redgrave) it naturally inspires a bit of skepticism. But Coon's turn in the title role of Madison Repertory Theatre's Anna Christie should put any doubts to rest. more

Feb 8, 2007 5:07 PM Stage

Before Rent, before Angels in America, there was the 1992 Tony-winner Falsettos, the Broadway hit that broke new ground with its honest depiction of homosexual romance, family relationships, and the advance of AIDS. StageQ's 'concert production' (running through Feb. 3 at the Bartell Theatre), like Falsettos itself, contains moments of struggle and of powerful beauty. more

Jan 18, 2007 5:07 PM Stage

Besides the many treasures currently on display, Madison is home to a host of valuable artworks that are not always on view. more

Jan 11, 2007 7:41 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Our society is conflicted about the value of art. When we try to assign monetary value to visual art, these mixed feelings become glaringly evident. Weighing an artwork's cultural importance, fame, esthetic qualities, rarity and condition is a complicated and subjective business. more

Jan 11, 2007 7:35 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

WhoopDeDoo Productions' Homicide for the Holidays (running through Jan. 25 at the West Side Club) is a cheerful whodunit complemented by karaoke and carrot cake. more

Jan 4, 2007 4:41 PM Stage

The tale that unfolds is far darker than the original, with damnation, regret and death setting the tone. However, director Tony Trout's light touch balances weighty themes with penetrating wit, and four of Madison's finest character actors enliven the most somber moments. more

Dec 28, 2006 5:31 PM Stage

As might be inferred from its title, Broom Street Theater's A Very Bitchy Christmas (running through Dec. 17) is not a heartwarming holiday show for the whole family. It's a show for your most cynical, twisted friends, who will probably laugh until they slide off Broom Street's vinyl-topped benches. more

Nov 30, 2006 9:08 PM Stage

In this sleek, distilled version, characters are inventively combined, courtly gossip is pared down to a minimum, and the many murders that Shakespeare reveals in dialogue are now played out before the audience in graceful and eerie pantomime. more

Nov 16, 2006 4:53 PM Stage

'The audience really is important to the festival,' says Corley. 'I can't tell you how hard the playwrights listen to them. And because the plays are works-in-progress, the writer and director can go back in and say, 'The audience said to try this ' let's do it.' These plays are clay on the potter's wheel.' more

Oct 26, 2006 6:30 PM Stage

Every student wonders just what goes on behind the imposing door of the teacher's lounge. They may picture a quiet sanctum for refined academic discussions, or a relaxed cafÃ-cum-saloon where teachers can let down their hair. But unless they imagine gunplay, drug use and self-mutilation, they don't expect anything like Bridget Carpenter's "The Faculty Room". more

Oct 12, 2006 5:14 PM Stage

If the title of Broom Street Theatre's latest production "Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale" starts you humming about a tiny ship and a three-hour tour, raise your remote proudly: You are a true American. more

Sep 28, 2006 4:32 PM Stage