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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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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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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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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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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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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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