RSS

Forward Theater

Stage-Peter-Pan-crZaneWilliams-11142019.jpg

Zane Williams

The detailed and fanciful set onstage at Overture’s Playhouse is the highlight of “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday.” Read more

Stage

Stage-Peter-Pan-Her-70th-Birthday-crVictoriaDavis-11072019.jpg

Victoria Davis

Forward Theater hosts the Wisconsin premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday.” Read more

Stage

Stage-Mary-Jane-crRossZentner-09192019.jpg

Ross Zentner

A single mom struggles mightily to care for a sick child in “Mary Jane,” a powerhouse production from Forward Theater Company featuring an exceptional cast of four women. Read more

Stage

“Life Sucks,” to be sure, but Forward Theater Company’s production of Aaron Posner’s homage to Checkhov also provides plenty of laughs and wry observations. Read more

Stage

Forward Theater Company is about to open “Life Sucks,” an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” by Aaron Posner. Isthmus chats with Posner on his fixation with the Russian playwright. Read more

Stage

Stage-Heisenberg-crRossZentner-01242019.jpg

Ross Zentner

Two fantastic actors — Colleen Madden and James Pickering — are the reason to see Forward Theater’s production of “Heisenberg.” Read more

Stage

Stage-Fun-Home-crRossZentner-12202018.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Fun-Home-teaser-crRossZenter-11042018.jpg

Ross Zentner

Forward Theater Company chose the best show for its first musical: “Fun Home” is an eloquent and poignant story based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about family dysfunction, homosexuality, suicide and growing up in a funeral home. Read more

Stage

Stage-Skeleton-Crew-crZaneWilliams-09102018.jpg

Zane Williams

Forward Theater’s production of “Skeleton Crew” features a strong cast depicting the struggles of black workers at a failing Detroit auto plant on the cusp of the Great Recession. Read more

Stage

Stage-Marjorie-Prime-teaser-crZaneWilliams-04122018.jpg

Zane Williams

“Marjorie Prime” explores a future where humans are comforted by robot versions of their loved ones. It features fine performances, but explores a rather tired premise. Read more

Stage

Exit Strategy-crRossZentner-01202018 3.jpg

Ross Zentner

Winning performances combine to boost Forward’s production of “Exit Strategy” into an instant audience favorite. Read more

Stage

Stage-Beautiful-crJoanMarcus-06152017.jpg

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

Stage-I-And-You-crZaneWilliams-11032017.jpg

Zane Williams

Forward Theater’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s “I and You” is a moving portrait of two teens connecting over the poetry of Walt Whitman...and you won’t believe what happens next! Read more

Stage

Stage-Learning-To-Stay-crZaneWilliams-03252017.jpg

Zane Williams

The trauma of war follows many soldiers home. Forward Theater Company takes an earnest look at the subject in James DeVita’s adaptation of Erin Celello’s novel “Learning to Stay.” Read more

Stage

“Learning to Stay,” Forward Theater Company’s first full-length commissioned work, is based on a novel by Erin Celello, a former gubernatorial speechwriter. The show deals with the hidden wounds of war. Read more

Stage

Picks-4000-Miles_crZaneWilliams-11032016.jpg

Zane Williams

Forward Theater Company’s “4000 Miles” is a funny and poignant look at the generational divide. Read more

Stage

Stage-Mr-Burns-2-crZaneWilliams-04142016.jpg

Zane Williams

Forward Theater’s latest production, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” imagines a future where “The Simpsons” is the only surviving culture. It’s a postmodern wonder, thrilling from start to its operatic finish. Read more

Stage

Stage-PlayClubs-crRebeccaBagley-02042016.jpg

Rebecca Bagley

Spots fill up fast for Forward Theater’s Play Club, which is like a book club for plays. Laura Jones says the group discussion gave her new insights into Annie Baker’s controversial play, “The Flick.” Read more

Stage

Stage-TheFlick-crRossZentner-01292016.jpg

Ross Zentner

Forward Theater’s production of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning play, “The Flick,” is set in a dilapidated movie theater, where three main characters are incessantly sweeping. The play may be the “Waiting for Godot” for the millennial generation. Read more

Stage

Stage-SilentSky-crRossZentner.jpg

Ross Zentner

Forward Theater Company opens its seventh season with “Silent Sky,” a terrific play that will change the way you look at the night sky. Read more

Stage