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Encore Studio explores marginalization with humor and heart in Acts to Grind V

A "theater company for those with disabilities" can be dismissed with a patronizing air, but perspective is hard to ignore, especially when framed by a personal story. To that end, Encore Studio aims to bring an alternative perspective to the local theater community. In Acts to Grind V -- their latest show of short plays, running through Oct. 20 -- the experiences of the overlooked, from surreal moments to joyous triumphs, are fleshed out and made relatable. >More
 Forward Theater's 44 Plays for 44 Presidents is a fun, experimental look at the Executive Branch

When you're a kid, presidents seem distant and heroic. Godlike, even. Then you grow up and realize they're just people, as flawed as anyone else. The Forward Theater Company staging of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, the opener for its fourth season, takes that notion to the hilt. >More
 Strong acting saves a weak script in Madison Theatre Guild's Lettice and Lovage

Sometimes a play isn't as good as its cast. Madison Theatre Guild illustrated this point at Friday's opening-night performance of Lettice and Lovage, a comedy by English playwright Peter Shaffer, the creator of Equus and Amadeus. The actors brought stellar performances to the Bartell Theatre's Evjue stage, but the script was clunky and ponderous at times. >More
 Strollers Theatre's Paragon Springs brims with timely political sentiments and enjoyable Midwestern characters

Strollers Theatre gets political for Paragon Springs, its opener for the 2012-13 season. This isn't just a nod to the presidential campaign: The specters of the Capitol protests and the failed gubernatorial recall loom large in this production, which runs through October 6. >More
 Fresco Opera Theatre's The Good, the Bad and the Divas is a Western-style opera showdown

Fresco Opera Theatre riddles the Overture Center with arias during their latest original production, The Good, the Bad and the Divas, playing now through Sunday, Sept. 9. Shootouts are part of this Western tale, but the bullets that reach your heart aren't discharged from a gun. They come from Mozart, Donizetti and other composers from the opera canon. >More
 James DeVita finds his calling in American Players Theatre's In Acting Shakespeare

James DeVita knows his Shakespeare, his audience and himself, as evidenced by Friday night's performance of In Acting Shakespeare, his one-man show about finding his calling as an actor. Adapted from Sir Ian McKellen's Acting Shakespeare, the play premiered at American Players Theatre three summers ago. DeVita later took it on the road and re-tooled it. Directed by John Langs, this production is many things at once. >More
 Steamy and intense, Troilus and Cressida is a fitting finale for American Players Theatre's outdoor season

Some call Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida a "problem play" because it doesn't fit into one of three neat little boxes: tragedy, comedy or history. Box or no box, this wartime love story presents no problems for American Players Theatre. Riveting and intense, Saturday night's performance at the Up-the-Hill Theatre was stellar. >More
 American Players Theatre imagines the Bard's wife in Shakespeare's Will

First, a confession: In high school, my eyes glazed over as my English teacher droned on about the universality of Shakespeare and his literary genius. One playwright didn't seem to need so much lionizing. Too bad teenage me couldn't have seen Shakespeare's Will, an American Players Theatre production which opened Friday night at the indoor Touchstone Theatre. >More
 American Players Theatre's The Admirable Crichton is a witty take on the English class system

James Ridge is certainly showing his range this summer. The veteran American Players Theatre actor plays the title roles in both The Admirable Crichton and Richard III this season. It must be a welcome change of pace to balance the drama of Shakespeare's famous tyrant with the comedy of Crichton, a 1902 play by J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. >More
 Broom Street Theater lends chutzpah to Shakespeare's Pericles

Pericles isn't everyone's favorite Shakespearean play: It's seldom produced and shunned by some purists who suspect George Wilkins wrote part of the script. Luckily, Broom Street Theater doesn't focus on such quibbles. In street clothes and bare feet, a plucky cast performed a lean version of the play Friday night. >More
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