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Shira Friedman

“Held,” a musical written by Madison’s Kelly Maxwell and Meghan Rose, started as a 10-minute play and grew into a full-length musical. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is a delightful take on a campy horticultural horror story. It’s having a short run at Vilas Hall through July 29, and will be remounted this fall. more

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Liz Lauren

Reviews from two shows opening at American Players Theatre: In “Exit the King,” James Ridge portrays a monarch’s final hours. And in the Restoration comedy “The Recruiting Officer,” simple townsfolk get played by royal officers, to mixed effect. more

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Benjamin Barlow

“Taming of the Shrew,” one of the Bard’s most problematic comedies, gets a fun yet ineffective family-friendly production from Madison Shakespeare Company more

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Liz Lauren

They share the same mother, but Zarariah has dark skin, while his brother Morris could pass for white. Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot” is a look at what it’s like for them to live under the crushing racism of apartheid. more

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Music Theatre of Madison expands its commitment to developing new material. A June 16-17 performance of “Hephaestus” will include a chance for the audience to weigh in on the future script, songs and set. more

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Mike Brown

Claire Haden is the driving force in “1776,” playing John Adams in a ponderous and uneven musical that looks at the founding of the United States. more

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Kat Stiennon

Capitol City Theatre’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” features remarkable performances and a deeply resonant message. more

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The Victor Hugo novel turned Disney animated film gets a pro treatment from Madison’s Capital City Theatre. The show includes a 50-person chorus and some Broadway star power, including a former cast member from “Hamilton.” more

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Madison’s summer theater ranges from failed movie revamps to blockbusters like 1776. Which could be the next best thing to tickets for Hamilton. more

Isthmus Summertimes

Gwendolyn Rice talks to Miami Sound Machine keyboardist Clay Ostwald, now on tour with “On Your Feet,” which hits Overture on May 15. more

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Tom Klingele

A wonderfully engaging Clare Arena Haden narrates “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” a story about a toy rabbit who learns to love. more

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The resident companies at the Bartell Theatre reveal an ambitious and wide-ranging season, with everything from an interactive Stonewall experience to a recent Broadway hit. more

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American Players Theater

Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice talks to American Players Theatre artistic director Brenda DeVita about crafting a blockbuster summer/fall season. more

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They’ve come a long way from sharing a music stand in the high school orchestra. The members of Black Violin — Wil B and Kev Marcus — have created an entire new genre of music they call “classical boom.” more

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Jason Compton

"A Place in the Woods" employs an innovative set, but the kitchen-sink family drama fails to cover new ground. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theater’s production of “The Laramie Project” features a strong cast and kinetic staging. But the script from Tectonic Theater Project makes a misstep by demonizing the press and casting the theater artists as heroes. more

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Brett Williams

Madison Theatre Guild presents a reimagined musical version of “Working” at the Bartell Theatre. There are star turns for local performers and some songs, including a couple by “Hamilton”’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, that are worth the price of admission. more

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Matthew Murphy

Hot off the presses: Overture Center announces a huge new season, including “Miss Saigon” and “School of Rock.” more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Body Awareness,” a play by Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker, invites us into a complicated family drama set on a quaint New England college campus. It’s at the Bartell Theatre through April 7. more

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