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Gwendolyn Rice

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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Liz Lauren

With a fantastic house band and top-notch cast, American Players Theatre’s “She Stoops to Conquer” delivers non-stop comedy. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

In scene after scene, American Players Theatre actors exceed expectations in a magnificent production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Read more

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Liz Lauren

Four women create a fascinating study on desire and relationships in Tennessee Williams’ “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.” It’s at American Players Theatre’s indoor Touchstone through Sept. 26. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

American Players Theatre opened its indoor summer season last weekend with “The Man of Destiny,” an excellent comedy of wits and power by George Bernard Shaw. Read more

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Kat Stiennon

The musical is certainly dated, but Capital City Theatre completely embraced the confection that is Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 “On the Town.” Read more

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Not just frothy fun! From classics to new works, Madison’s summer theater has an absorbing and challenging slate of plays. Read more

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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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