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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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Jeff Klawes

For those tired of sentimental holiday fare, it might be time to check out something completely different: Mercury Players’ “STAR WARS: The Panto Strikes Back.” 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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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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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance performed a concert of collaborative works at the historic Madison Masonic Center on Dec. 1. It’s a shame the program didn’t have a longer run. Read more

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Charlie Powell

International silly man and Monty Python co-founder John Cleese stops by Overture Hall with his “Why There Is No Hope” tour. You can ask him questions, just like Michael Muckian did. Read more

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Every comedian dreams about getting that Netflix special. Madison comedian Dina Nina Martinez is bootstrapping her own version at this year’s Lady Laughs Comedy Festival. 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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Benjamin Barlow

A play based on the book "Infamous Mothers" opens at the Bartell Theatre on Nov. 8. The book’s author, Sagashus Levingston, hopes the play will spark community dialogue on issues of race, equity and inclusion. 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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Kevin Penczak

When Nestor Gomez came to the U.S. at age 15, he could barely speak due to a stutter. Now he’s a 35-time Moth StorySLAM winner. He’ll be at the Moth GrandSLAM Championship on Oct. 19 at the Barrymore Theatre. Read more

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Charlie Powell

Intrepid Isthmus explorer Jay Rath beams into the L.A. office of William Shatner in advance of his Sept. 21 visit to the Orpheum, which will screen “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” 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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Jeff Klawes

Zak Stowe made national news after his conservative college spiked a production of "Inherit the Wind." Now the young director has found a theater home directing “Southern Baptist Sissies” for StageQ. Read more

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Lili Luxe talks to Catherine Capellaro about the joy of burlesque, cultivating a culture of consent and an upcoming event at Majestic Theatre on National Go Topless Day that will celebrate nipple equality while raising funds for Rape Crisis Center. Read 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. 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

George Bernard Shaw’s finely tuned satire merges perfectly with the comic timing of an A-team cast in American Players Theatre’s “Heartbreak House.” 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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Catherine Capellaro talks to Frank Warren, founder of the wildly popular PostSecret blog. He’s at Overture Center on March 3 with a stage show that’s a collective celebration of secrets. Read more

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