Katie Reiser

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Liz Lauren

Garson Kanin’s 1946 play “Born Yesterday” features an uncouth and unscrupulous businessman who takes Washington, D.C., by storm. This uncanny and relevant show opened at American Players Theatre on June 23. more


Former UW artist-in-residence Laura Anderson Barbata returns to Madison to talk about her new book documenting her quest to repatriate the remains of her countrywoman Julia Pastrana. more



Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance pairs up with renowned corporeal mime performers for an intriguing collaborative work in “Dark Tales.” It’s at Overture through Feb. 18. more



Darren Lee

It’s a shame Madison Ballet’s “She” only runs one weekend. The excellent celebration of female choreographers couldn’t be more timely. more


Wannabe dance mom Katie Reiser wishes her son would grow up to dance with Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group or The Seldoms. Here are her favorite dance shows of 2017. more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Celebrated choreographer and dance professor Jin-Wen Yu celebrates 20 years on UW-Madison’s dance faculty with “Page 20.” Even though he’s announced it’s his final solo performance, Yu is still creating dynamic, thought-provoking works. more



Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance launches its season with "Beautiful Isolation," which includes two signature works by modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow and strong pieces by co-directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary. more



Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Unexpected Man” is an excellent vehicle for core company members Brian Mani and Sarah Day. Both actors deliver subtle performances, illustrating the challenges of connecting with other humans. more



Kelly Doering

StageQ’s “Perfect Arrangement” looks at gay and lesbian lives during the McCarthy-era “Lavender Scare.” more

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Benjamin Barlow

Broom Street Theater's timely and relevant production of "Richard the Second" sets the play in a media-hungry environment. more


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In “Baba Yaga: A Portrait of the Wickedest Witch,” Kanopy Dance undertakes an ambitious retelling of a Russian folk tale. more



Andy Manis

The Chicago-based contemporary dance troupe the Seldoms packed the Fredric March Play Circle for two performances of “Power Goes,” an exploration of the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson. more


Although it didn’t pack the Capitol Theater, on Jan. 10, the audience witnessed a powerful performance from five extraordinary dancers at “Citizen,” choreographed by Milwaukee native Reggie Wilson. more

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Shawn Harper

In 2016, Madison-area audiences enjoyed a host of challenging and delightful stage offerings. Here are some of the year’s favorites from Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice and dance critic Katie Reiser. more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance opens the season with “Weight of Things” a powerful and sometimes heavy-handed look at sexism, nationalism and our threatened planet. more


Post-election reflection is inspired by Kanopy Dance Company's concert of solemn modern dance works. more



Beth Skogen

The list of choreographers for Liz Sexe’s “TWO: exploring duos” is a who’s who of Madison’s female choreographers. The show plays Oct. 15 at Madison Circus Space. more


Madison’s venues are popping with culture this fall and winter. Isthmus critics do the work for you by letting you know which theater, visual art, dance and classical music to get on your radar — and onto your calendar. more

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Choreographers Kiro Kopulos and Ariel Weymouth-Payne stage an unconventional theater production, starring Kanopy Dance Company founders Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell as shimmering space travelers. more