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Liz Lauren

Jaw-dropping performances and a masterful script make “A Doll’s House, Part 2” an essential chapter in the story of Nora and Torvald. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Book of Will” relies on a pedestrian script and cheap jokes that would make Shakespeare roll over in his grave. Read more

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Liz Lauren

“A Doll’s House” first premiered 140 years ago, but in the capable hands of the team at American Players Theatre, it is fresh and relevant — and features a stunning performance by Kelsey Brennan as Nora. Read more

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Liz Lauren

Many readers and audience members have speculated about what happened after Nora walked away from her family at the end of “A Doll’s House.” This season, APT revisits the original and presents the Wisconsin premiere of the Tony winning play. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Fences” is full of emotionally wrenching moments. It’s led by David Alan Anderson and Karen Aldridge, portraying African Americans striving to live the American Dream. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s production of “Macbeth” focuses on the pain of individuals betraying their community. It’s an emotional bloodbath, writes theater critic Gwendolyn Rice. Read more

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Liz Lauren

With a fantastic house band and top-notch cast, American Players Theatre’s “She Stoops to Conquer” delivers non-stop comedy. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

In scene after scene, American Players Theatre actors exceed expectations in a magnificent production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Read more

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Liz Lauren

Four women create a fascinating study on desire and relationships in Tennessee Williams’ “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.” It’s at American Players Theatre’s indoor Touchstone through Sept. 26. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

American Players Theatre opened its indoor summer season last weekend with “The Man of Destiny,” an excellent comedy of wits and power by George Bernard Shaw. Read more

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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

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Ross Zentner

And the award for best categories goes to … Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice, who looks back at an exciting year on Madison stages — from “best big musical in a small space” to “best use of a sandwich as a dramatic device.” Read more

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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

American Players Theatre delivers an excellent balance of comedy and tragedy in its “Measure for Measure,” set in the present day and bursting with relevance in the #metoo era. Read more

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Liz Lauren

A top-notch ensemble playing multiple roles elevates American Players Theatre’s production of “Our Country’s Good,” playing in the Touchstone Theatre through Oct. 7. 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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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. Read more

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Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice talks to American Players Theatre artistic director Brenda DeVita about crafting a blockbuster summer/fall season. Read more

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    Liz Lauren

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