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


Brett Williams

Strollers Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-winning play, “A Delicate Balance” is an emotionally satisfying look at a horrible household. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM 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


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

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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


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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Liz Lauren

‘Tis the season! American Players Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a stunning version of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. more

Jun 22, 2017 5:00 AM 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


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


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


David Michael Miller

With terror attacks at entertainment venues increasingly in the news, local clubs and theaters ponder: What’s the right amount of security? more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM News

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


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

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

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