RSS

Gwendolyn Rice

Picks-The-Best-Man_crBrettWilliams11082018.jpg

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. more

Stage

Stage-Fun-Home-teaser-crRossZenter-11042018.jpg

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. more

Stage

Stage-Engaging-Shaw-crLizLauren-10292018.jpg

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. more

Stage

Stage-Charlottes-Web-crTomKlingele-10172018.jpg

Tom Klingele

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

Stage

Picks-Born-Yesterday_crBrettWilliams10122018.jpg

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. more

Stage

Stage-Something-Rotten-crJeremyDaniel-10042018 2.jpg

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. more

Stage

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

, , , , A & E

Stage-Drawer-Boy-crBenjaminBarlow-09172018.jpg

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

Stage

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

Visual Arts

Stage-Skeleton-Crew-crZaneWilliams-09102018.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Our-Countrys-Good-crLizLauren-08232018.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Little-Miss-Sunshine-crJuliaLuebke-08232018.jpg

Julia Luebke

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

Stage 1 Comments

Stage-Blood-Knot-crLizLauren-08132018.jpg

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

Stage 1 Comments

Stage-Imperfect-gentlemen-BenMoffat-crNealIzumi-08092018.jpg

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

Stage

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

Stage

Stage-Waitress-crJoanMarcus-07262018.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Shakespeare-in-Parks-crAJMagoon-07262018.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Held-crShiraFriedman-07192018.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Little-Shop-of-Horrors-crBeauMeyer-07192018 3.jpg

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

Stage

Stage-Exit-the-King-2-crLizLauren-07052018.jpg

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

Stage