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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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Kat Stiennon

The musical is certainly dated, but Capital City Theatre completely embraced the confection that is Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 “On the Town.” Read more

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Not just frothy fun! From classics to new works, Madison’s summer theater has an absorbing and challenging slate of plays. Read more

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Jonathan J. Miner

Payton Cardella does a stellar job playing a neuro-atypical protagonist in Strollers Theatre’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Read more

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Ross Zentner

"Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka" has some sweet moments, but some of the magic is lost in this Children’s Theater of Madison production for young audiences. Read more

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Steve Noll

With a remarkable cast and deft direction, “Small Mouth Sounds” is a mostly wordless play depicting the struggles of six people at a silent retreat. Read more

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Beau Meyer

“Twilight Bowl,” an excellent new play showing some realities of Midwest life. And, holy smokes, it’s set in a bowling alley. Read more

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Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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Joan Marcus

Overture reveals “Hamilton” dates and almost 100 other shows, from “SpongeBob” to naked magicians. Read more

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“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

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Matthew Murphy

Theater critic Gwendolyn Rice reviews Overture’s “Miss Saigon,” with an eye toward understanding the show’s popularity — and problematic nature. Read more

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Matthew Murphy and Johan Persson

Overture Center hosts a touring version of “Miss Saigon” next week. But the venue is embroiled in controversy after cancelling a panel discussion about Asian stereotypes. Read more

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Jonathan J. Miner

Strollers Theatre’s production of “The Father” introduces us to a man whose world, and mind, are disappearing before his eyes. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Two Crows Theatre’s “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” is a deft exploration of boredom, dignity and companionship set in a Beirut prison. It’s at The Jefferson in Spring Green through March 23. Read more

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Brett Williams

StageQ and OUT!Cast score another hit with a devastating look at pre-World War II nightclub life in “Cabaret.” It’s at the Bartell through March 30. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

For people who can’t get enough theater in Spring Green, a new theater company, Two Crows Theatre Company, is presenting professional productions in a former tavern. But only while American Players Theatre is dark. Read more

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