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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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Maureen Janson Heintz

Off-key opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins is easy to make fun of, but Four Seasons Theatre’s “Souvenir” explores her love of music and her relationship with accompanist and coach, Cosme McMoon. And it stars American Players’ grande dame Sarah Day Read more

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Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade

The book and score of the screen-to-stage sensation “School of Rock” are nothing to write home about. But the show features a delightful pack of 9-12-year-olds who jump around and play their instruments — for real. Read more

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Brett Williams

Despite a strong cast, Madison Theatre Guild’s production of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” is considerably less dramatic than the nightly news. Read more

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Ross Zentner

Forward Theater Company chose the best show for its first musical: “Fun Home” is an eloquent and poignant story based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about family dysfunction, homosexuality, suicide and growing up in a funeral home. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Engaging Shaw” proves it’s hard to love a literary genius. But it’s sure easy to love James Ridge and Colleen Madden, the real-life couple portraying the sparring lovers. Read more

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Tom Klingele

The Zuckerman’s farm animals steal the show in Children’s Theater of Madison’s “Charlotte’s Web.” Read more

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Brett Williams

Madison Theatre Guild opened its first show of the season, “Born Yesterday,” the day that the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The show has plenty of heart and some eerie parallels to today’s political scene. Read more

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Jeremy Daniel

Middleton’s Brian Cowing lands a role in the national touring company of “Something Rotten,” the madcap Shakespearean musical parody that hits Overture Hall Oct. 9-14. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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.” Read 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. Read more

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

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