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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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Brett Williams

Despite some excellent performances, Madison Theatre Guild strives to overcome a static script in “Seminar.” Read more

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With Gallery Night coming right up, it’s just the beginning of an exciting fall for arts and culture in our fair city. Read more

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BEAU MEYER

It’s bloody mayhem all over the stage at University Theatre’s rowdy production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Read more

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Jon Miner

“Bloomsday” revisits James Joyce’s “Ulysses” with a time machine. The result is beautiful, ponderous and bittersweet. Read more

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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

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When Jackie Bradley’s musical collaborator committed suicide in 2012, Bradley wrote an album as a tribute. Now with some help from Madison’s musical theater community, “Comet Boy” is a full-length cabaret musical. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Book of Will” relies on a pedestrian script and cheap jokes that would make Shakespeare roll over in his grave. Read more

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Julia Luebke

Music Theatre of Madison’s “Hephaestus” revisits Greek mythology. It’s got a solid score and some excellent performers, but still feels like a work in progress. Read more

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Liz Lauren

Many readers and audience members have speculated about what happened after Nora walked away from her family at the end of “A Doll’s House.” This season, APT revisits the original and presents the Wisconsin premiere of the Tony winning play. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Fences” is full of emotionally wrenching moments. It’s led by David Alan Anderson and Karen Aldridge, portraying African Americans striving to live the American Dream. Read more

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Matthew Murphy

What do you get when you mix Russian history with a Disney-esque musical? “Anastasia” is rather like it sounds, a confusing mishmash of Russian history sandwiched into a standard fairytale romance. Read more

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As Hamilton fever takes over Madison, Overture is reporting increased season ticket sales. The show doesn’t open until November, but resellers are already offering tickets through secondary markets. Read more

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Andrew Mueller

There actually is a Windsor, Florida, which is where Madison Shakespeare decided to set its summer production of “Merry Wives of Windsor.” It opens July 16 at Edgewood College’s outdoor amphitheater. Read more

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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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