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Katie Reiser

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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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre delivers an excellent balance of comedy and tragedy in its “Measure for Measure,” set in the present day and bursting with relevance in the #metoo era. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Matzner Photography

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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