Paul Kosidowski

When Shakespeare spun his tales of real wars, he wrote about kings, princes and rogues and the complex shifting of allegiances between them. Today, war is no less common or brutal, but it is different. When Bill Massolia saw the HBO documentary "Last Letters Home", he saw a different side of war, but one that was no less about classic Shakepearean concerns. more

Nov 7, 2008 3:00 PM Stage

It was the best of times, it was the suckiest of times. With American theater these days it's hard to really tell. Broadway is booming. Audiences have flocked to the Pulitzer Prize-winning, 3½-hour "August: Osage County", which has renewed many a cynic's faith in the oldest (arts) profession. Chicago, the incubator of Tracy Letts' play (it's a Steppenwolf Theatre production), is hosting big musicals for three-year runs, and many are proclaiming that our Midwestern neighbor is the true center of the American stage. more

Aug 8, 2008 2:00 PM Stage


Paul Hoppe

The versatile Short, who will bring Jiminy Glick and other characters to the Overture Center on Saturday, May 31, isn't the type to settle down, even with the most comfortable Barcalounger at hand. Although he is best known for his on-screen character creations, he's done many other things in his restless, varied career. Moving from television to film to theater with the ease of slipping in and out of a costume, Short likes to keep things interesting. more

May 30, 2008 2:00 PM Stage


Carissa Dixon

American Players Theatre bucks all the current trends in American theater, in spite of its out-of-the-way location. Each season, it attracts an impressive group of artists who are willing to weather the unique circumstances of making theater in a place that might be more suited to a wilderness camp or religious cult. They come because the leaders of APT know the value of an institution that supports artists in their work. more

May 23, 2008 2:01 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ah, Wilderness!; Henry IV: The Making of a King; Widowers' Houses; The Belle's Stratagem; and The Desert Queen grace the American Players Theatre stage this summer. more

May 23, 2008 2:00 PM Stage

Vince Lombardi called it his "bread and butter." Paul Hornung called it "the best play in football." Bart Starr called it this way: "Fire, brown right, 49 sweep, zone blocking, on two." more

Nov 9, 2007 4:00 PM Stage

To some, theater is becoming the last reserve of "family entertainment" in the worst sense of the word. People flock to productions of You Can't Take It With You or Harvey because they are little time-machine cocoons where the nasty influences of the 21st century won't intrude. They're not avoiding corrupt-to-the-core politicians or impending environmental disasters, mind you. They mostly are fleeing sex, violence or the f-word. more

Aug 2, 2007 6:56 PM Stage

When you talk to David Frank about theater these days, some surprising names creep into the conversation: Eugene O'Neill, Athol Fugard, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet. more

Jun 14, 2007 7:12 PM Stage

It was hard not to notice the screeching U-turn made by the Madison Repertory Theater when artistic director Richard Corley arrived four years ago. From a modest, community-centered company with a mixed repertory of mostly familiar plays, the Rep became a showcase for new work and hot talent from around the country. more

Aug 11, 2006 9:15 PM Stage

American theater is displaying marked signs of schizophrenia these days. The talk among the professionals is all about new plays: how to develop them, produce them, get audiences to see them. At the same time, limited public and corporate support for theater is creating fear and trepidation. more

Aug 11, 2006 9:07 PM Stage