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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
 In Overture Hall, West Side Story brims with guts, grit and gorgeous dancing

West Side Story broke numerous rules when it debuted on Broadway in 1957. Opening with an emotionally charged dance number was unheard of, and closing on a somber note was almost as unconventional. Troika Entertainment's revival (through Feb. 17 at Overture Hall) pushes the envelope even further. >More
 StageQ's love story Gertrude Stein and a Companion is alluring but lacks nuance

Gertrude Stein once wrote, "Your identity [is] not a thing that exists but something you do or do not remember." The StageQ production of Win Wells' Gertrude Stein and a Companion (through March 7 at the Bartell Theatre) portrays exactly that. The play examines the relationship between Stein and her companion, Alice B. Toklas, the woman Ernest Hemingway aptly called Stein's wife long before anyone had heard of marriage equality. >More
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