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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. 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.” 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.” 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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Joan Marcus

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

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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. 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. more

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Liz Lauren

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

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She’ll be picking up swords in “King Lear” and playing a significant role in “An Ideal Husband.” Acting apprentice Jade Payton is learning the ropes from the veteran actors by working onstage at American Players Theatre this summer. more

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    Liz Lauren

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