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Gwendolyn Rice

When it comes to the arts, Madison keeps upping the ante. Our arts writers help you narrow it down with their picks for the most promising events in theater, comedy, dance, visual art and classical music. more

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Benjamin Barlow

Strollers Theatre kicks off its season with a magnificently acted production of “The Drawer Boy.” Its sharp and poignant script explores our universal need for stories. more

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An expert at all things related to a certain boy wizard, scenic designer Pamela Price sets up shop in Verona, in close proximity to Epic Systems. Her company, F5 Theming, recently unveiled a whimsical new addition to the Epic campus. more

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Zane Williams

Forward Theater’s production of “Skeleton Crew” features a strong cast depicting the struggles of black workers at a failing Detroit auto plant on the cusp of the Great Recession. more

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Liz Lauren

A top-notch ensemble playing multiple roles elevates American Players Theatre’s production of “Our Country’s Good,” playing in the Touchstone Theatre through Oct. 7. more

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Julia Luebke

Music Theatre of Madison’s production of “Little Miss Sunshine” is just as enchanting as the Oscar-winning 2006 film. more

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Liz Lauren

After facing a firestorm of online criticism for casting James DeVita as a light-skinned black man, American Players Theatre hosts a pay-what-you-can performance and post-show discussion of “Blood Knot.” more

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Neal Izumi

“Imperfect Gentlemen,” a one-man show by Ben Moffat and Bradley Wayne Smith, explores a family’s experience after a father decides to transition to female. The show plays twice at Trinity United Methodist Church. more

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“Diamond Girl,” a benefit performance for Save the Rainforest at the Bartell Theatre, is a convoluted mish-mash. more

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Joan Marcus

Although some of the supporting characters are over the top, “Waitress” is a heartfelt and funny story of a woman finding herself. It features a gorgeous score by Sara Bareilles sung by a spectacular lead, Desi Oakley. more

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A.J. Magoon

With minimal props and maximum enthusiasm, Summit Players tour Wisconsin state parks to present workshops and Shakespeare productions. The shows are free and accessible to everyone. more

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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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