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Ross Zentner

Children’s Theater of Madison’s pathbreaking “Mockingbird” — and its accompanying art exhibit — is an important exercise in learning about the lives of people on the autism spectrum. Read more

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A talented team of actors, writers and directors is forming a new theater troupe, Guest House Theatre. The group will announce its first season on March 7. Read more

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Steve Noll

The acting and costumes in Mercury Players’ “The Revolutionists” shine. But Lauren Gunderson’s shallow history lesson deserves the guillotine. Read more

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Strollers Theatre brings a sad chapter in U.S. history to life with “Question 27, Question 28,” a documentary play based on testimonials from Japanese Americans interned by the government during World War II. Read more

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Jeremy Daniel

Featuring a flexible and talented singing cast, the streamlined touring version of “The Color Purple” is a story of survival and redemption. Read more

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There are flashes of brilliance from the cast in the popular play “Almost, Maine,” onstage at the Bartell Theatre. But maybe Madison audiences have seen this chestnut too many times. Read more

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Julia Luebke

Music Theatre of Madison presents Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” which reexamines the story of a theater troupe that produced the controversial play “God of Vengeance.” It’s a stunning production. Read more

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Ross Zentner

Both funny and heartbreaking, Forward Theater Company’s “Every Brilliant Thing” is a magical experience of connecting with the audience. It’s facilitated by the powerful actor David Daniel. Read more

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Eric Schabla

With strong performances by Brenda DeVita and Kelsey Brennan, Two Crows Theatre’s “The How and the Why” explores ideas of science, gender and evolution. Read more

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Andrew Gibbs

As we begin a new decade, Madison’s creatives have big dreams for the future. We surveyed some movers and shakers, and found that their responses fell into several broad and significant categories. Read more

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Kat Stiennon

From a mostly silent play to the breakneck paced musical behemoth, “Hamilton,” Madison stages were full of magic and wonder in 2019. Gwendolyn Rice recaps her favorite moments. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

Korean American playwright Young Jean Lee sets out to examine privilege and family dynamics in “Straight White Men,” showing at the Bartell Theatre through Dec. 21. Read more

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Eric Schwierske

Four Seasons Theatre presents an unusual holiday offering beginning on Dec. 6. “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” recalls a surreal and magical moment when homesick soldiers crossed enemy lines to celebrate together. Read more

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Joan Marcus

With prescient lyrics about “quid pro quo” and immigrants “getting the job done,” the touring version of “Hamilton,” at Overture through Dec. 8, demonstrates the importance and fragility of the “American experiment.” Read more

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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

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Jonathan J Miner

An all-female cast delivers a magnificent, sly take on an explorer story in Strollers Theatre’s “Men on Boats.” Read more

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Laurie Everitt

Theater in a week: The puppet characters are awesome, but the stories in the Are We Delicious? production of “Patchwork Puppets Parading on Mercury” are not so compelling. Read more

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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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Ross Zentner

The genius of Roald Dahl meets the brilliance of Children’s Theater of Madison for a thrilling version of the Broadway sensation “Matilda the Musical.” Read more

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Julia Luebke

“Held,” the little musical that could, keeps coming back to life. Music Theatre of Madison’s latest production is the best yet, featuring dancers and imaginative costumes. It’s at Threshold through Oct. 19. Read more

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