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Katie Reiser

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Celebrated choreographer and dance professor Jin-Wen Yu celebrates 20 years on UW-Madison’s dance faculty with “Page 20.” Even though he’s announced it’s his final solo performance, Yu is still creating dynamic, thought-provoking works. more

Nov 17, 2017 2:31 PM Stage

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Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance launches its season with "Beautiful Isolation," which includes two signature works by modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow and strong pieces by co-directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary. more

Nov 11, 2017 2:00 PM Stage

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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

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Unexpected Man” is an excellent vehicle for core company members Brian Mani and Sarah Day. Both actors deliver subtle performances, illustrating the challenges of connecting with other humans. more

Jun 22, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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Kelly Doering

StageQ’s “Perfect Arrangement” looks at gay and lesbian lives during the McCarthy-era “Lavender Scare.” more

Apr 29, 2017 1:55 PM Stage 4 Comments

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Benjamin Barlow

Broom Street Theater's timely and relevant production of "Richard the Second" sets the play in a media-hungry environment. more

Mar 2, 2017 12:35 PM Stage

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Matzner Photography

In “Baba Yaga: A Portrait of the Wickedest Witch,” Kanopy Dance undertakes an ambitious retelling of a Russian folk tale. more

Feb 14, 2017 12:30 PM Stage

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Andy Manis

The Chicago-based contemporary dance troupe the Seldoms packed the Fredric March Play Circle for two performances of “Power Goes,” an exploration of the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

Although it didn’t pack the Capitol Theater, on Jan. 10, the audience witnessed a powerful performance from five extraordinary dancers at “Citizen,” choreographed by Milwaukee native Reggie Wilson. more

Jan 11, 2017 3:57 PM Stage 1 Comments

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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

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance opens the season with “Weight of Things” a powerful and sometimes heavy-handed look at sexism, nationalism and our threatened planet. more

Nov 18, 2016 4:39 PM Stage

Post-election reflection is inspired by Kanopy Dance Company's concert of solemn modern dance works. more

Nov 12, 2016 11:15 AM Stage

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Beth Skogen

The list of choreographers for Liz Sexe’s “TWO: exploring duos” is a who’s who of Madison’s female choreographers. The show plays Oct. 15 at Madison Circus Space. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM , , , A & E

Choreographers Kiro Kopulos and Ariel Weymouth-Payne stage an unconventional theater production, starring Kanopy Dance Company founders Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell as shimmering space travelers. more

Aug 7, 2016 11:25 AM Stage

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Shawn Harper

Despite the flurries, Kanopy Dance’s “Bloom” provides an eclectic, fresh program for a new season. Juan Carlos Díaz Vélez is a standout in Ravel’s “Bolero.” more

Apr 10, 2016 10:45 AM Stage

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Jonathan J. Miner

Strollers Theatre Company has done an excellent job tackling “Misalliance,” George Bernard Shaw’s wordy and wise 1910 comedy of manners. more

Mar 6, 2016 2:25 PM Stage

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Ross Zentner

“The Mojo and the Sayso” tackles police violence in African American communities; the production is a rare collaboration between theater companies in Madison and Milwaukee. more

Feb 18, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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Newsies: Deen van Meer, The Other Place: Ross Zentner, Tanya Tagaq: Ivan Otis, CRASHprez: Steven Potter

2015’s cultural landscape was rich in ideas and collaborations. Isthmus critics weigh in with their favorites from Madison’s stages, venues and museums. more

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM , , , , , , , A & E

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Yi-Chun Wu

"in medias res" is the final show in a series celebrating Li Chiao-Ping Dance's 20 years in Madison. For those who haven’t seen her work, it’s an excellent overview. more

Dec 11, 2015 6:00 PM Stage