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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.” 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. more

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For 39 years, the Capitol Steps have been creating musical political satire from recent headlines. Founding member Elaina Newport talks about keeping up with Trump — and how Madison is the greatest, greatest city of all time. more

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Music Theatre of Madison expands its commitment to developing new material. A June 16-17 performance of “Hephaestus” will include a chance for the audience to weigh in on the future script, songs and set. more

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Joseph Blough

Mercury Players Theatre closes out its season with a revival of its 1997 hit "Temps! The Musical!" The subject matter is still relevant, but the production fails to engage. more

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Kat Stiennon

Capitol City Theatre’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” features remarkable performances and a deeply resonant message. more

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Gwendolyn Rice talks to Miami Sound Machine keyboardist Clay Ostwald, now on tour with “On Your Feet,” which hits Overture on May 15. more

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Beth Skogen

Is it still taboo to talk about mental illness? A performing arts showcase organized by students from the UW-Madison School of Social Work aims to shatter stereotypes. more

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The resident companies at the Bartell Theatre reveal an ambitious and wide-ranging season, with everything from an interactive Stonewall experience to a recent Broadway hit. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theater’s production of “The Laramie Project” features a strong cast and kinetic staging. But the script from Tectonic Theater Project makes a misstep by demonizing the press and casting the theater artists as heroes. more

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Zane Williams

“Marjorie Prime” explores a future where humans are comforted by robot versions of their loved ones. It features fine performances, but explores a rather tired premise. more

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Matthew Murphy

Hot off the presses: Overture Center announces a huge new season, including “Miss Saigon” and “School of Rock.” more

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Brett Williams

Set in 1930s New Orleans, “Suddenly, Last Summer” grapples with secrets, lies and sanity. StageQ’s production gives depth to the poetic Tennessee Williams play. more

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Beau Meyer

German playwright Bertolt Brecht would likely approve of UW-Madison theater department’s visually and thematically stunning production of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” more

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Brett Williams

“Rock of Ages” revisits the rock of the Reagan Era with big hair, head-banging and MTV moves that made Tipper Gore blush. It’s at the Bartell Theater through March 17. more

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Matthew Murphy

Despite a paper-thin plot, the dance and the visuals rule the touring production of “An American in Paris,” at Overture Hall through March 4. more

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Carvens Lissaint

Leslie Lissaint’s mesmerizing solo performance is a testament to the power of art as a tool for healing. more

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Stacy Bruner

Isthmus’ Catherine Capellaro spends time with Alex the Mind Reader. He’s part of the touring show from the UK, Champions of Magic. They’re at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater March 2. 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. more

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Would you rather your daughter fall in love with a Republican or a tree? The play “Arborophilia” turns that fun idea into a slog. 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. more

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