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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
 Madison troupes will comfort and challenge you in 2012-13 theater season

The 2012-13 theater season brings sheer abundance. There are international blockbusters and works by local folks, and many companies are undertaking ambitious projects: new work or selections that aren't easy choices, whether in scale or subject matter. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre's A Little Night Music explores love's complexities

Love, its pleasures and its thorny complications form the basis for Stephen Sondheim's revered musical A Little Night Music, opening Aug. 10 in a new production by Four Seasons Theatre at the Overture Playhouse. While at times achingly poignant, it's also comedic. >More
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