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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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Kat Stiennon

The musical is certainly dated, but Capital City Theatre completely embraced the confection that is Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 “On the Town.” Read more

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Jonathan J. Miner

Payton Cardella does a stellar job playing a neuro-atypical protagonist in Strollers Theatre’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Read more

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Max Wendt

“Fish Fry” is a zany new opera set in a Wisconsin supper club. It’s a co-production of TAPIT and Fresco Opera Theatre opening May 23. Read more

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Steve Noll

With a remarkable cast and deft direction, “Small Mouth Sounds” is a mostly wordless play depicting the struggles of six people at a silent retreat. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

For its 10th anniversary, the Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre is presenting a reboot of Heather Renken’s “Shiny Things,” a madcap exploration of attention deficit disorder, with appearances by vaudevillians and Mae West. Read more

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Beau Meyer

“Twilight Bowl,” an excellent new play showing some realities of Midwest life. And, holy smokes, it’s set in a bowling alley. Read more

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SHAWN HARPER

With a dazzling smile and exquisite technique, former cheerleader and cruise ship performer Richard Oaxaca gives up a lucrative commercial performing career to explore modern dance with Kanopy. Read more

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Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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Benjamin Barlow

“Dog Collar,” by local playwright Ned O’Reilly, is a darkly comic exploration of the world of job interviews. It plays at the Brink Lounge April 11-12. Read more

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Matthew Murphy and Johan Persson

Overture Center hosts a touring version of “Miss Saigon” next week. But the venue is embroiled in controversy after cancelling a panel discussion about Asian stereotypes. Read more

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Jonathan J. Miner

Strollers Theatre’s production of “The Father” introduces us to a man whose world, and mind, are disappearing before his eyes. Read more

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Brett Williams

StageQ and OUT!Cast score another hit with a devastating look at pre-World War II nightclub life in “Cabaret.” It’s at the Bartell through March 30. Read more

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Forward Theater Company is about to open “Life Sucks,” an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” by Aaron Posner. Isthmus chats with Posner on his fixation with the Russian playwright. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

For people who can’t get enough theater in Spring Green, a new theater company, Two Crows Theatre Company, is presenting professional productions in a former tavern. But only while American Players Theatre is dark. Read more

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Tom Klingele

“Tibet Through the Red Box” is a visually stunning cross-cultural exploration by Children's Theater of Madison. Read more

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Ross Zentner

Theatre LILA presents an unconventional gender-fluid version of “Romeo +Juliet.” It’s onstage at the Overture Center March 14-17. Read more

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Julia Luebke

Murder ballads combine the sensationalism of a crime of passion with a warning that getting mixed up with the wrong man or woman could lead to one’s downfall. Read more

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Christopher Diaz

The inaugural Black Arts Matter Festival aims to bring together creatives from campus and community, says organizer Shasparay Lighteard, a UW-Madison First Wave scholar. 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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