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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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For 39 years, the Capitol Steps have been creating musical political satire from recent headlines. Founding member Elaina Newport talks about keeping up with Trump — and how Madison is the greatest, greatest city of all time. more

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Liz Lauren

Reviews from two shows opening at American Players Theatre: In “Exit the King,” James Ridge portrays a monarch’s final hours. And in the Restoration comedy “The Recruiting Officer,” simple townsfolk get played by royal officers, to mixed effect. more

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Benjamin Barlow

“Taming of the Shrew,” one of the Bard’s most problematic comedies, gets a fun yet ineffective family-friendly production from Madison Shakespeare Company more

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Liz Lauren

Garson Kanin’s 1946 play “Born Yesterday” features an uncouth and unscrupulous businessman who takes Washington, D.C., by storm. This uncanny and relevant show opened at American Players Theatre on June 23. more

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Liz Lauren

They share the same mother, but Zarariah has dark skin, while his brother Morris could pass for white. Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot” is a look at what it’s like for them to live under the crushing racism of apartheid. more

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Mike Brown

Claire Haden is the driving force in “1776,” playing John Adams in a ponderous and uneven musical that looks at the founding of the United States. more

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One of Madison’s most successful original productions is back for a new generation. Mercury Players Theatre is staging a revival of "Temps! The Musical!" more

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Professional actors turn third- and fourth-graders’ songs, stories and poems into a delightful and unexpected performance. It’s called “Whoopensocker,” and the public can see the greatest hits at Overture Center June 1 and 3. more

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The Victor Hugo novel turned Disney animated film gets a pro treatment from Madison’s Capital City Theatre. The show includes a 50-person chorus and some Broadway star power, including a former cast member from “Hamilton.” more

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Ross Zentner

A young woman of color learns from the grownups around her in a powerful production of “Lines” from Theatre LILA. more

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Brett Williams

Madison Theatre Guild presents a reimagined musical version of “Working” at the Bartell Theatre. There are star turns for local performers and some songs, including a couple by “Hamilton”’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, that are worth the price of admission. more

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Matthew Murphy

Hot off the presses: Overture Center announces a huge new season, including “Miss Saigon” and “School of Rock.” more

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Kent Sweitzer

Isthmus classical music critic John W. Barker has seen productions of “Dido and Aeneas” in major opera houses. But his favorite so far was Madison Bach Musicians’ masterful production last weekend. more

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