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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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Ross Zentner

The genius of Roald Dahl meets the brilliance of Children’s Theater of Madison for a thrilling version of the Broadway sensation “Matilda the Musical.” Read more

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Julia Luebke

“Held,” the little musical that could, keeps coming back to life. Music Theatre of Madison’s latest production is the best yet, featuring dancers and imaginative costumes. It’s at Threshold through Oct. 19. Read more

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With Gallery Night coming right up, it’s just the beginning of an exciting fall for arts and culture in our fair city. Read more

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BEAU MEYER

It’s bloody mayhem all over the stage at University Theatre’s rowdy production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Read more

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Jon Miner

“Bloomsday” revisits James Joyce’s “Ulysses” with a time machine. The result is beautiful, ponderous and bittersweet. Read more

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Ross Zentner

A single mom struggles mightily to care for a sick child in “Mary Jane,” a powerhouse production from Forward Theater Company featuring an exceptional cast of four women. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

When it comes to marriage laws, things are changing fast. But “Fake Mom” examines prejudices that are hard to uproot when a Jewish man and black woman decide to get married. Read more

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When Jackie Bradley’s musical collaborator committed suicide in 2012, Bradley wrote an album as a tribute. Now with some help from Madison’s musical theater community, “Comet Boy” is a full-length cabaret musical. Read more

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Mikki Gomez

Nick Offerman, the comedian, carpenter, and breakout star from “Parks and Recreation” brings his special brand of optimism to the Orpheum Theater on Sept. 13 when he stops by on his “All Rise” tour. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Book of Will” relies on a pedestrian script and cheap jokes that would make Shakespeare roll over in his grave. Read more

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Liz Lauren

“A Doll’s House” first premiered 140 years ago, but in the capable hands of the team at American Players Theatre, it is fresh and relevant — and features a stunning performance by Kelsey Brennan as Nora. Read more

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Julia Luebke

Music Theatre of Madison’s “Hephaestus” revisits Greek mythology. It’s got a solid score and some excellent performers, but still feels like a work in progress. Read more

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Kat's Photography

Madison Savoyards deliver a wonderful double bill, with “Pineapple Poll” and “Trial by Jury.” The students from Central Midwest Ballet Academy provided the delightful dancing. Read more

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Liz Lauren

Many readers and audience members have speculated about what happened after Nora walked away from her family at the end of “A Doll’s House.” This season, APT revisits the original and presents the Wisconsin premiere of the Tony winning play. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Fences” is full of emotionally wrenching moments. It’s led by David Alan Anderson and Karen Aldridge, portraying African Americans striving to live the American Dream. Read more

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Matthew Murphy

What do you get when you mix Russian history with a Disney-esque musical? “Anastasia” is rather like it sounds, a confusing mishmash of Russian history sandwiched into a standard fairytale romance. Read more

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As Hamilton fever takes over Madison, Overture is reporting increased season ticket sales. The show doesn’t open until November, but resellers are already offering tickets through secondary markets. Read more

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David DeSilva

Cara Ho, a professional musician and dancer, teaches dance to people with and without disabilities. She’s also an electronic musician headlining this weekend’s Disability Pride Festival. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s production of “Macbeth” focuses on the pain of individuals betraying their community. It’s an emotional bloodbath, writes theater critic Gwendolyn Rice. Read more

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Michael Brosilow

American Players Theatre opened its indoor summer season last weekend with “The Man of Destiny,” an excellent comedy of wits and power by George Bernard Shaw. Read more

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