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Darren Lee

Madison Ballet moves into the “Nutcracker” season with high hopes for a new director, a new headquarters and a million-dollar capital campaign. more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Off-key opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins is easy to make fun of, but Four Seasons Theatre’s “Souvenir” explores her love of music and her relationship with accompanist and coach, Cosme McMoon. And it stars American Players’ grande dame Sarah Day more

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Jonathan Popp

“After the Revolution” is an autobiographical play about growing up in an activist family with secrets. It’s showing at the Bartell Theatre through Dec. 15. more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance performed a concert of collaborative works at the historic Madison Masonic Center on Dec. 1. It’s a shame the program didn’t have a longer run. more

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Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade

The book and score of the screen-to-stage sensation “School of Rock” are nothing to write home about. But the show features a delightful pack of 9-12-year-olds who jump around and play their instruments — for real. more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

UW-Madison assistant professor Marlene Skog delivers a strong and touching look at Shakespeare’s female characters in “Consider it not so deeply.” more

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Brett Williams

Despite a strong cast, Madison Theatre Guild’s production of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” is considerably less dramatic than the nightly news. more

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Ross Zentner

Forward Theater Company chose the best show for its first musical: “Fun Home” is an eloquent and poignant story based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about family dysfunction, homosexuality, suicide and growing up in a funeral home. more

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Brett Williams

Madison Theatre Guild opened its first show of the season, “Born Yesterday,” the day that the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The show has plenty of heart and some eerie parallels to today’s political scene. more

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Jeremy Daniel

Middleton’s Brian Cowing lands a role in the national touring company of “Something Rotten,” the madcap Shakespearean musical parody that hits Overture Hall Oct. 9-14. more

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Jessica Pohl

There’s nobody quite like David Liebe Hart. The musician, puppeteer, actor and painter talks to Chris Lay about his bizarro songs, alien visitations, a fanny pack and trains. Hart comes to Art In Oct. 3. Bring photos of trains. more

MUSIC

When it comes to the arts, Madison keeps upping the ante. Our arts writers help you narrow it down with their picks for the most promising events in theater, comedy, dance, visual art and classical music. more

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Benjamin Barlow

Strollers Theatre kicks off its season with a magnificently acted production of “The Drawer Boy.” Its sharp and poignant script explores our universal need for stories. more

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Neal Izumi

“Imperfect Gentlemen,” a one-man show by Ben Moffat and Bradley Wayne Smith, explores a family’s experience after a father decides to transition to female. The show plays twice at Trinity United Methodist Church. more

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“Diamond Girl,” a benefit performance for Save the Rainforest at the Bartell Theatre, is a convoluted mish-mash. more

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Joan Marcus

Although some of the supporting characters are over the top, “Waitress” is a heartfelt and funny story of a woman finding herself. It features a gorgeous score by Sara Bareilles sung by a spectacular lead, Desi Oakley. more

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A.J. Magoon

With minimal props and maximum enthusiasm, Summit Players tour Wisconsin state parks to present workshops and Shakespeare productions. The shows are free and accessible to everyone. more

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Shira Friedman

“Held,” a musical written by Madison’s Kelly Maxwell and Meghan Rose, started as a 10-minute play and grew into a full-length musical. more

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For the first time in its 55-year history Madison Savoyards will stage an opera not written by Gilbert and Sullivan. They’ve chosen “Die Fledermaus,” a topsy-turvy tale featuring mistaken identity and a man dressed as a bat. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is a delightful take on a campy horticultural horror story. It’s having a short run at Vilas Hall through July 29, and will be remounted this fall. more

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