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Liz Lauren

With a fantastic house band and top-notch cast, American Players Theatre’s “She Stoops to Conquer” delivers non-stop comedy. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

In scene after scene, American Players Theatre actors exceed expectations in a magnificent production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Read more

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Liz Lauren

Four women create a fascinating study on desire and relationships in Tennessee Williams’ “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.” It’s at American Players Theatre’s indoor Touchstone through Sept. 26. Read more

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Matthew Murphy

It all started when his son was bullied at school. John Leguizamo stops at Overture Hall with his Tony Award-winning “Latin History for Morons” on June 28. Read more

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Max Wendt

“Fish Fry” is a zany new opera set in a Wisconsin supper club. It’s a co-production of TAPIT and Fresco Opera Theatre opening May 23. Read more

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Jonathan J. Miner

Payton Cardella does a stellar job playing a neuro-atypical protagonist in Strollers Theatre’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Read more

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Ross Zentner

"Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka" has some sweet moments, but some of the magic is lost in this Children’s Theater of Madison production for young audiences. Read more

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James Gill

A water spirit pursues a prince in Madison Opera’s resplendent production of Antonin Dvorak’s “Rusalka,” the company’s first Czech opera. Read more

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Benjamin Barlow

“Dog Collar,” by local playwright Ned O’Reilly, is a darkly comic exploration of the world of job interviews. It plays at the Brink Lounge April 11-12. Read more

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Joan Marcus

Overture reveals “Hamilton” dates and almost 100 other shows, from “SpongeBob” to naked magicians. Read more

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“Life Sucks,” to be sure, but Forward Theater Company’s production of Aaron Posner’s homage to Checkhov also provides plenty of laughs and wry observations. Read more

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Matthew Murphy

Theater critic Gwendolyn Rice reviews Overture’s “Miss Saigon,” with an eye toward understanding the show’s popularity — and problematic nature. Read more

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Theater can be intense, and sometimes overwhelming for people on the autism spectrum. That’s why Children’s Theater of Madison continues its tradition of accessibility with sensory-friendly stage productions. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Two Crows Theatre’s “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” is a deft exploration of boredom, dignity and companionship set in a Beirut prison. It’s at The Jefferson in Spring Green through March 23. Read more

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Ross Zentner

Director Jessica Lanius has created a lovely picture of young love in Theatre LILA’s “Romeo+Juliet.” The show is this weekend only at the Overture Center. Read more

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Jennifer Justice

Madison Theatre Guild’s production of Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” explores the intersecting lives of two people with a lifetime of hurts, on the inside and out. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Trouble in Mind” — a collaboration between UW-Madison’s Afro-American Studies department and KRASS Women’s Theatre — shows an integrated cast wrestling with race and representation backstage in the 1950s. Read more

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James Gill

Some purists wonder whether opera companies should produce operettas. Madison Opera’s scintillating production of “A Little Night Music" proves why they should. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Mythical Creatures” feature both serious and comedic takes on classic tales. It’s at the Bartell Theatre through Feb. 9. Read more

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Jeremy Daniel

“Finding Neverland,” at Overture Hall through Jan. 13, brings the magic of “Peter Pan” to life by telling the backstory of J.M. Barrie, “the man who never wanted to grow up.” Read more

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