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Hijinks, confusion and weddings in American Players Theatre's Twelfth Night

I look forward to American Players Theatre's season every year. I know that the productions will be carefully crafted, and it's satisfying to see favorite company members in new roles -- and to see freshly recruited talent for the first time. Twelfth Night, which opened APT's outdoor season Saturday night, touched me and made me laugh. >More
 The veterans of American Players Theatre's funny Heroes talk (and talk)

American Players Theatre's Heroes, directed by James Bohnen, is funny and, at times, tragic. Unfolding on the terrace of a French veterans' home in 1959, Heroes centers on a trio of aging World War I vets. >More
 American Players Theatre's Brenda DeVita is poised to take over

If anything is ideal training for running a theater company, it might be growing up in a very large family. The parallels are numerous, from the range of personalities to the hard work and the complicated scheduling required to make everything click. No one knows this better than Brenda DeVita, associate artistic director of American Players Theatre in Spring Green. DeVita is slated to succeed artistic director David Frank upon his retirement in 2014. >More
 Sarah Karon is captivating as Mercury Players Theatre's Becky Shaw

Based on a synopsis, I expected Becky Shaw to be a simple, slightly dark romantic comedy about a bad blind date. Friday night at the Bartell Theatre, I was surprised to find something much more complex. >More
 TAPIT/new works' Take Care paints a sobering picture of growing old

TAPIT/new works' show Take Care, which opened Thursday in Overture Center's Promenade Hall, makes me realize I need to prepare to be a member of the sandwich generation -- people dealing with the care of both children and aging parents. Danielle Dresden wrote this work, which draws from the stories of older adults and their caregivers and family members. >More
 In Overture Hall, The Addams Family is cheerfully creepy

Regardless of your age, you probably have some connection to the ooky, spooky Addams Family.. As a TV-saturated kid in the 1970s, I watched countless reruns of the mid-1960s sitcom. But that show was preceded by the New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams, who created the characters in the late 1930s. Then there are the 1990s movies, videogames and other spinoffs. >More
 Wackiness ensues in University Theatre's well-acted The Two Gentlemen of Verona

With the capable guidance of director Kenneth Albers, a longtime presence at American Players Theatre, University Theatre tackles Shakespeare's early comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The play can be vexing in that Shakespeare employs so many elements (two sets of lovers, disguise, banishment, the transformative effects of love), something he does to better effect in later works. But Two Gentlemen, which opened Friday at Mitchell Theatre in Vilas Hall, is not without its charms >More
 In Encore! Studio's play, aliens send The Gentlemen to Earth

I hadn't checked out an Encore! Studio for the Performing Arts show since its productions moved from the Bartell Theatre to the cozy Mary DuPont Wahlers Theatre. So it was good to catch up with the group, Wisconsin's only professional theater company for individuals with disabilities. >More
 Colleen Madden and James Ridge are exceptional in Forward Theater Company's Love Stories

Marriage is often referred to as a journey. Where you start and where you end up can be two very different places. What begins in hope can fall apart, yet amazing things can transpire from the most uncertain beginnings. Forward Theater Company offers varied looks at marriage in an evening of three one-act plays. >More
 Cast and crew can't save Strollers Theatre's Beautiful Bodies from its material

Sometimes there's simply no amount of good acting or design work to save a play from a weak script. Such is the unfortunate case with Strollers Theatre's production of Beautiful Bodies, a show that feels like it was written by an author with an addiction to the feel-good platitudes printed on the inside of Dove chocolate wrappers. >More
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