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Madison Symphony Orchestra explores the life and work of Felix Mendelssohn in a special “Beyond the Score” production featuring actors from American Players Theatre. Read more

MUSIC

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Engaging Shaw” proves it’s hard to love a literary genius. But it’s sure easy to love James Ridge and Colleen Madden, the real-life couple portraying the sparring lovers. Read more

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Liz Lauren

After facing a firestorm of online criticism for casting James DeVita as a light-skinned black man, American Players Theatre hosts a pay-what-you-can performance and post-show discussion of “Blood Knot.” Read more

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Liz Lauren

George Bernard Shaw’s finely tuned satire merges perfectly with the comic timing of an A-team cast in American Players Theatre’s “Heartbreak House.” Read 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. Read more

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Joan Marcus

Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. Read more

A & E

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Liz Lauren

Jim DeVita is fascinating and terrifying in August Strindberg’s “Creditors,” the final play of American Players Theatre’s season. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” is a weird and wonderful group effort that gels after a disorienting first half. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “A View from the Bridge” is a haunting tragedy of Greek proportions, with some of finest acting of the season. Read more

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Liz Lauren

In the course of one evening, American Players Theatre’s “Three Sisters” shows the short distance between a life filled with color and energy and one of grim, staid monotones. Read more

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Liz Lauren

Loosely based on a true story of domestic servants lashing out at cruel employers, American Players Theatre’s “The Maids” is a brutal and unrelenting look at race and class inequality. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

In one of the greatest romantic leads of all times, James Ridge devastates as the roguish poet/soldier in American Players Theatre’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “A Flea in Her Ear” is a thoroughly funny farce, with sex, jealousy and mistaken identities. Read more

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Liz Lauren

‘Tis the season! American Players Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a stunning version of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Unexpected Man” is an excellent vehicle for core company members Brian Mani and Sarah Day. Both actors deliver subtle performances, illustrating the challenges of connecting with other humans. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre wraps up a strong season with “Mary’s Wedding,” a stunning meditation on war and loss. Read more

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Michael Lenehan’s new book, “Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company,” feels like a loving yet clueless summer vacation essay. Read more

Books

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Centenary College

APT founders Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to Madison for a one-night only performance of “The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio” at the Union Theater on Oct. 21. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre sets its “King Lear” in the present day. The show’s effects are impressive, but they overwhelm and overshadow the actors and the text. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre brings Samuel Beckett's apocalyptic "Endgame" to the Touchstone Theatre, through Oct. 16. Read more

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    Liz Lauren

    Brian Mani (left) & David Daniel, Endgame, 2016.