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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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Brett Williams

Despite a strong cast, Madison Theatre Guild’s production of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” is considerably less dramatic than the nightly news. Read more

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Benjamin Barlow

A play based on the book "Infamous Mothers" opens at the Bartell Theatre on Nov. 8. The book’s author, Sagashus Levingston, hopes the play will spark community dialogue on issues of race, equity and inclusion. Read more

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Brett Williams

Madison Theatre Guild opened its first show of the season, “Born Yesterday,” the day that the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The show has plenty of heart and some eerie parallels to today’s political scene. Read more

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Benjamin Barlow

Strollers Theatre kicks off its season with a magnificently acted production of “The Drawer Boy.” Its sharp and poignant script explores our universal need for stories. Read more

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Joseph Blough

Mercury Players Theatre closes out its season with a revival of its 1997 hit "Temps! The Musical!" The subject matter is still relevant, but the production fails to engage. Read 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!" Read more

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The resident companies at the Bartell Theatre reveal an ambitious and wide-ranging season, with everything from an interactive Stonewall experience to a recent Broadway hit. Read more

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Jason Compton

"A Place in the Woods" employs an innovative set, but the kitchen-sink family drama fails to cover new ground. Read 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. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Body Awareness,” a play by Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker, invites us into a complicated family drama set on a quaint New England college campus. It’s at the Bartell Theatre through April 7. Read more

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Brett Williams

Set in 1930s New Orleans, “Suddenly, Last Summer” grapples with secrets, lies and sanity. StageQ’s production gives depth to the poetic Tennessee Williams play. Read more

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Brett Williams

“Rock of Ages” revisits the rock of the Reagan Era with big hair, head-banging and MTV moves that made Tipper Gore blush. It’s at the Bartell Theater through March 17. Read more

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Jonathan J. Miner

Would you rather your daughter fall in love with a Republican or a tree? The play “Arborophilia” turns that fun idea into a slog. Read more

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Darren Lee

It’s a shame Madison Ballet’s “She” only runs one weekend. The excellent celebration of female choreographers couldn’t be more timely. Read more

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Although it was created in just one week, Are We Delicious’ “Puss in Boots” has energy and polish to spare. 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

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Brett Williams

StageQ revives “The Twilight of the Golds” to commemorate the 20th anniversary season of the Bartell Theatre. It’s a moving look at power and acceptance. Read more

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Charles Wetzel

“Spring Awakening” is the first full stage musical from Express Yourself! Dance Studio. It features some standout teen performers, but lacks polish. Read more

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Marie Schulte

The audience needs to suspend belief in Madison Theatre Guild’s clunky thriller “Wait Until Dark.” But lead actor Erin Baal is terrific as a newly blind protagonist who’s being terrorized by three con men. Read more

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Dan Myers

“The Nance” is an entertaining and poignant look at entertainers in the waning years of the vaudeville era. It’s at the Bartell Theatre through May 6. Read more

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