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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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Madison’s summer theater ranges from failed movie revamps to blockbusters like 1776. Which could be the next best thing to tickets for Hamilton. more

Isthmus Summertimes

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American Players Theater

Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice talks to American Players Theatre artistic director Brenda DeVita about crafting a blockbuster summer/fall season. more

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Jason Compton

"A Place in the Woods" employs an innovative set, but the kitchen-sink family drama fails to cover new ground. 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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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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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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Tom Klingele

Children’s Theater of Madison presents a magical regional premiere of the musical “Tuck Everlasting.” The cast is led by a luminous Malea Niesen, playing a homebound girl seeking adventure. more

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Ross Zentner

If you like “Black Mirror” (without the creepy parts) and “Groundhog Day” (because it’s the best), you’ll want to snatch up a ticket for “Constellations,” the latest offering from one of Madison’s finest theater companies. more

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Although it was created in just one week, Are We Delicious’ “Puss in Boots” has energy and polish to spare. more

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Ross Zentner

Winning performances combine to boost Forward’s production of “Exit Strategy” into an instant audience favorite. more

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Joan Marcus

Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. more

A & E

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Tom Klingele

It’s a Christmas miracle: Children’s Theater of Madison manages to honor the classic story of “A Christmas Carol” without resorting to stale cliches. And Tiny Tim (8-year-old Azélie Klingele) will break your heart. more

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Brett Williams

StageQ revives “The Twilight of the Golds” to commemorate the 20th anniversary season of the Bartell Theatre. It’s a moving look at power and acceptance. more

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Charles Wetzel

“Spring Awakening” is the first full stage musical from Express Yourself! Dance Studio. It features some standout teen performers, but lacks polish. more

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Andy Martin Jr

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Grinch — and Overture Center’s version is a winner. more

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Beau Meyer

University Theatre stages a production of “Is He Dead?” a recently rediscovered play by Mark Twain. Unfortunately, there's a good reason the play was never produced in Twain’s lifetime. more

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Liz Lauren

Jim DeVita is fascinating and terrifying in August Strindberg’s “Creditors,” the final play of American Players Theatre’s season. more

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Jonathan J. Miner

A stampede of rhinos disrupts a peaceful French town in Eugène Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros. It’s a frightening and prescient parable about ignoring the threat of fascism. more

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