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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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Since the Inferno closed in 2015, aficionados of the alternative arts have been spread out at one-off events throughout the city. Crucible wants to bring them under one roof. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Despite a scaled-back ballet season, Madison still had plenty of dance performances that challenged and delighted Isthmus dance critic Katie Reiser. Read 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 Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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.” Read more

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