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THEATER

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
 Madison Theatre Guild's Yankee Tavern examines 9/11's unsettling aftermath

At the Bartell Theatre, Madison Theatre Guild is presenting Steve Dietz's Yankee Tavern, an engrossing hybrid of comedy and political thriller about how "people will believe anything they haven't been given reason to disbelieve." >More
 Pets face the unknown in Children's Theater of Madison's delightful Bunnicula

Vampires are fashionable these days. From True Blood to The Vampire Diaries to the inescapable cultural saturation of the Twilight saga, bloodsucking is clearly where it's at. But most of these diversions are aiming for an audience whose average age is well into the double digits. And the vampires don't have floppy ears. >More
 Forward Theater Company premieres thought-provoking A Thousand Words

A Thousand Words, premiered by Forward Theater Company Friday night in Overture Center's Promenade Hall, deftly bounces between past and present and themes of art, friendship and art-world conflict. >More
 Darkness falls on Strollers Theatre's funny Black Comedy

Black Comedy, which Strollers Theatre is presenting at the Bartell Theatre, has a pretty funny plot. Peter Shaffer's one-act, first performed in 1965, centers on a young artist set to impress his future father-in-law and a possible patron. >More
 Strangers meet in Broom Street Theater's On the Corner of Clark and Vine

Broom Street Theater opens its 2012 season with Autumn Shiley's On the Corner of Clark and Vine, an elegy on the loss of loved ones that is really a collage of video, music, dance, poetry and acting. At its best moments, it is a heartfelt exploration of what it means to be the one left behind by death. (In other moments, it brings to mind those overwrought Calvin Klein Obsession TV commercials.) >More
 In Mercury Players' Talking Out of School, embattled Wisconsin teachers get their say

Perhaps no group has suffered more under the Walker administration than teachers. Not only were they subject to cuts in salary and benefits, but they were portrayed as greedy and more interested in their own union power than the children they teach. In response, Mercury Players Theatre presents Talking Out of School, 13 original short plays written by Wisconsin teachers, kindergarten through college. >More
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