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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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JONATHAN POPP

A community theater organization and UW Department of Afro-American Studies create a co-production of Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play, "Trouble in Mind." Read more

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Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance’s “Devil’s Night: An Apocalyptic Vision in Heavy Metal” is a pulse-pounding and somewhat overwhelming night of dance set to music by the Finnish heavy metal cello band Apocalyptica. The dancing is, as always, top notch. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Fans of American Players Theatre will be happy to learn that Colleen Madden directs Tracy Michelle Arnold in a comforting production of “The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman play about the poet Emily Dickinson. Read more

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Josh Heath chats at length with the creators of “The Flop House” podcast. Catch them in a rare live appearance at Wisconsin Union Theater on Jan. 26. Read more

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Ross Zentner

Two fantastic actors — Colleen Madden and James Pickering — are the reason to see Forward Theater’s production of “Heisenberg.” Read more

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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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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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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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