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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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Tom Klingele

“Tibet Through the Red Box” is a visually stunning cross-cultural exploration by Children's Theater of Madison. Read more

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Julia Luebke

Murder ballads combine the sensationalism of a crime of passion with a warning that getting mixed up with the wrong man or woman could lead to one’s downfall. Read more

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JONATHAN POPP

A community theater organization and UW Department of Afro-American Studies create a co-production of Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play, "Trouble in Mind." Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Fans of American Players Theatre will be happy to learn that Colleen Madden directs Tracy Michelle Arnold in a comforting production of “The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman play about the poet Emily Dickinson. Read more

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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

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Angela Richardson

Stuart Flack, UW-Madison’s current interdisciplinary artist-in-residence, helps students explore new ways of presenting information to audiences with a performance titled “Data Vaudevilles. Read more

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Jonathan Popp

“After the Revolution” is an autobiographical play about growing up in an activist family with secrets. It’s showing at the Bartell Theatre through Dec. 15. Read more

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