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THEATER

StageQ's This Beautiful City examines Colorado Springs' evangelical culture

What made Colorado Springs such fertile ground for Ted Haggard's megachurch and Christian organizations like James Dobson's Focus on the Family? The New York theater company the Civilians traveled to the city and interviewed a cross section of the community, and the result is This Beautiful City, a "docu-musical" that is being presented by StageQ at the Bartell Theater. >More
 Forward Theater Company unveils 2012-2013 season

Madison-based Forward Theater Company has announced the plays in its 2012-2013 season. It will be the company's fourth season, and its first as an Overture Center resident company. >More
 Bartell Theatre could close as revenue drops

The Bartell Theatre will close at the end of 2013 unless support significantly increases, according to its managing director, Sarah Hoover. The theater closed its most recent fiscal year with a $62,000 deficit. It still has significant assets, however. >More
 Schoolboys turn savages in Children's Theater of Madison's Lord of the Flies

Children's Theater of Madison's Lord of the Flies, currently running in Overture Center's Playhouse, is a suspenseful production that will get audiences thinking. Based on William Golding's classic novel, the play is immensely enjoyable. >More
 Survivors forge a beautiful bond in University Theatre's Pedro and the War Cantata

The closest most Americans get to Argentinean theater is catching Eva Perón on the balcony of the Casa Rosada in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical theater classic. But the South American nation has a long history of producing thoughtful playwrights. >More
 American Players Theatre unveils chuckle-tastic promo video

This morning brings a pleasing sign of summer in the form of a note from Madison filmmaker Nicholas Langholff. He writes to say his team has completed another amusing promo film for American Players Theatre, whose season begins June 16. >More
 In Milwaukee, William Shatner looks back on an intelligent life

William Shatner beamed to Milwaukee Sunday evening. While he didn't exactly set the Riverside Theater audience on "stunned," he impressed it with a heartfelt look at what might be his greatest talent: the management of his long and unconventional career. >More
 Uncivil Disobedience looks back at the Sterling Hall bombing

Mike Lawler plunges into moral gray areas with his play Uncivil Disobedience, an oral-history-based chronicle of the UW Sterling Hall bombing in 1970. During two staged readings this weekend, 10 Forward Theater Company actors will portray 43 characters, all based on interviews, court transcripts, FBI records, police reports and media reports. >More
 American Players Theatre's website swamped by demand

I come not to bury American Players Theatre's online ticketing system, but dang, I wish I had that hour and 38 minutes back. >More
 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom examines music and race in the 1920s

Musical, racial and interpersonal tensions form the backdrop for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, University Theatre's latest production, opening March 2 in Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre. Set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, the play involves blues legend Ma Rainey -- often called the "mother of the blues" because she encouraged younger artists like Bessie Smith -- and her group of musicians. >More
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