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Strollers Theatre's Lobby Hero raises thorny questions about moral ambiguity

In 2011, The New York Times offered high praise for Kenneth Lonergan's dramedy Lobby Hero, calling it one of the best new American plays of the century. Strollers Theatre's production (through April 13 at the Bartell Theatre) shows why this play has earned such glowing reviews. >More
 Whimsy, irony and a bit of nostalgia help Broom Street Theater's Superhero Boogie soar

Superhero Boogie (through April 13 at Broom Street Theater) brings to life the stories of eight superheroes, pulling material from their glory days of comic books on tape. The play examines the line between childhood and adulthood, sticking to the audio script just enough to highlight the protagonists' adventures but also the nonsensical plots and scientific references that have long since lost their modern sheen. >More
 Forward Theater Company unveils lineup for 2013-14 season

Forward Theater Company announced Wednesday the works it will perform in its 2013-14 season. For its main stage series, the troupe will present three plays at Overture Center's Playhouse. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's zany Rumors brims with laughs and topnotch performances

The plot of Rumors could be the start of a joke: a lawyer, a shrink, and a politician walk into a dinner party. Then, of course, everything goes wrong. Hilariously wrong. Madison Theatre Guild gets everything right in its production of Neil Simon's classic comedy (through April 6 at the Bartell Theatre). >More
 Mary Poppins brings gravity-defying surprises to Overture Hall

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, as we learned in the 1964 movie Mary Poppins. The 2006 Broadway musical based on the movie, which plays Overture Hall through March 17, adds a jolt of caffeine to the mix. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison's And Then They Came for Me is a moving journey into the world of Anne Frank

Anne Frank is probably the best-known Holocaust victim. She is remembered for her youth, her hopeful diary and her enduring faith in humanity's goodness, all of which contrast the dark reality of the Nazi genocide. While much is known about Anne, less is known of those around her. The new Children's Theater of Madison production, And Then They Came for Me (through March 17 at Overture Center's Playhouse), brings to life some of the other names and faces from Anne's world. >More
 University Theatre's Woyzeck is an ambitious, avant-garde take on Büchner's tale of a murderous soldier

Few plays are as enigmatic as Georg Büchner's Woyzeck. It was never finished due to its author's untimely death at the age of 23, in 1837. Büchner left behind a number of scenes, but no instructions about their order or his intentions. Because of this, the dark tale of Franz Woyzeck, a soldier on the brink of mental and physical collapse who is driven to murder, offers broad artistic possibilities to those who produce it. The University Theatre production (through March 16), which opened last night in Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre, upends convention at every turn. >More
 Broom Street Theater's Not the Artist pits love against creativity

Artists are often portrayed as flaky, eccentric or even lazy people who care more about their work than their relationships. If you read a lot of fiction, you've seen these kinds of characters in supporting roles. Don't expect that from the Broom Street Theater production of Not the Artist (through March 9). Here, self-centered artists take center stage. >More
 Drama Queen: Rebecca Jallings has built a showbiz empire at West High

At a signal from the teacher, the kids scurry into a circle formation. They put various appendages in, put them out, shake them all about. They hop up and down, singing, "La la la la la!" This is not my toddler's preschool. This is Rebecca Jallings' Theater 2 class at Madison West High School. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's The Road to Mecca is a deep, complex portrait of an aging artist

Set in 1970s South Africa, the Madison Theatre Guild production of The Road to Mecca is a rich narrative that unfolds completely within the unusually decorated walls of an elderly Afrikaner woman's home. This play by Athol Fugard is based loosely on the life and work of self-taught artist Helen Martins, who filled her yard with concrete statues and transformed the inside of her home ("The Owl House") with crushed glass and bright paint. >More
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