Gwendolyn Rice

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

Jan 24, 2018 5:00 AM Stage 5 Comments


Carol Rosegg

When it debuted in 1996, “Rent” blew audience’s minds. As the 20th anniversary tour rolls through Overture, theater critic Gwendolyn Rice talks to Madison’s theater geeks about how well the show holds up. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Stage 2 Comments


Dan Myers

Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice looks back at the moments that stand out in a crowded field in 2017. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Tom Klingele

It’s a Christmas miracle: Children’s Theater of Madison manages to honor the classic story of “A Christmas Carol” without resorting to stale cliches. And Tiny Tim (8-year-old Azélie Klingele) will break your heart. more

Dec 13, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Mike Brown

he musical adaptation of “The Spitfire Grill” surpasses its source material to create an authentic and heartwarming portrait of small-town redemption. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Charles Wetzel

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

Dec 1, 2017 4:21 PM Stage 2 Comments


Andy Martin Jr

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Grinch — and Overture Center’s version is a winner. more

Nov 22, 2017 4:55 PM Stage

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Beau Meyer

University Theatre stages a production of “Is He Dead?” a recently rediscovered play by Mark Twain. Unfortunately, there's a good reason the play was never produced in Twain’s lifetime. more

Nov 21, 2017 8:00 PM Stage 3 Comments

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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

Nov 9, 2017 11:09 AM Stage


Jonathan J. Miner

A stampede of rhinos disrupts a peaceful French town in Eugène Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros. It’s a frightening and prescient parable about ignoring the threat of fascism. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Beau Meyer

University Theatre’s production of “Our Town” is a perfect time capsule of a small town in 1903. But it manages to stay fresh and relevant for today’s audience. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

Despite Suzan Kurry’s excellent portrayal of both sisters, “The Mineola Twins” doesn’t quite hang together. more

Oct 18, 2017 12:06 PM Stage


Brett Williams

StageQ’s production of “Falsettos” falls a bit short in uniting two disparate acts. But the tremendous singing performances make up for the shortcomings. more

Oct 11, 2017 12:15 PM Stage


Tom Klingele

Despite a thin movie-based plot, Children’s Theater of Madison’s production of “Madagascar” is a creative and energetic romp. more

Oct 11, 2017 11:52 AM Stage


Jeremy Daniel

A throwback to British farces and music halls, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is full of lively performances and clever stagecraft. more

Oct 5, 2017 4:19 PM Stage


Jordan Biagomala

You can almost smell the nervous sweat in Capital City Theater’s touching and funny musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” more

Sep 28, 2017 12:57 PM Stage


Brett Williams

Strollers Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-winning play, “A Delicate Balance” is an emotionally satisfying look at a horrible household. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. more

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James Gill

“Production camp” for UW-Madison’s swing choir involves 12- and 14-hour days of grueling rehearsal for 18 days straight. The hard work will make every move look effortless for the group’s 50th anniversary show. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Benjamin Barlow

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is based on a now partly debunked accounting of Mike Daisey’s visits to Foxconn’s factories in China. Actor Jason Compton performs the controversial monologue at the Bartell Theatre beginning Aug. 31. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Stage