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THEATER

Strangers gather at a haunted B&B in StageQ's Ghost of a Chance

Could act two Ghost of a Chance by StageQ be a little tighter? Yes. Is the play unnecessarily provocative with sexual innuendo? Sometimes. But the comedy, which opened Friday at the Bartell Theatre, is an enjoyable evening of locally grown theater. >More
 A victim confronts her abuser in the Bricks Theatre's Blackbird

"I was never one of them," says Ray, distinguishing himself from what he thinks are real pedophiles, even though he had a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl when he was 40. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison's top-notch American Girls Revue is an engaging history lesson

The Children's Theater of Madison production of The American Girls Revue is the year's biggest theater event -- for little girls, that is. At Saturday afternoon's opening performance, Overture Center's Playhouse was filled with girls, their moms (plus a handful of dads), and their dolls. >More
 Encore Studio's electric Acts to Grind IV creates beautiful moments

Last fall, Encore Studios, the only theater company in Wisconsin for actors with disabilities, moved from its downtown home at the Bartell Theatre to a new black-box space on Martin Street. This intimate stage is perfect for Acts to Grind IV, the program of original shorts that opened Friday. >More
 A woman ages into unhappiness in Madison Theatre Guild's Three Tall Women

Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, which won the playwright his third Pulitzer Prize, is really a story of one tall woman -- a hateful, paranoid bigot made bearable, in the Madison Theatre Guild production, by Sarah Whelan's strong performance and the occasional comic moment. The character is based on Albee's mother, and after completing this review, I plan to send him a card expressing sympathy for his parental misfortune. >More
 Strollers Theatre's thoughtful, engaging Rabbit Hole takes the measure of grief

It can be dicey for a community theater group to do a play that's already had a Hollywood adaptation with A-list stars. Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-winning drama about the aftershocks of a young boy's death, hit movie theaters just last year with stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. >More
 The wonderful songs keep coming in Four Seasons Theatre's My Fair Lady

There are songs from my childhood that I had forgotten how much I love, and the Four Seasons Theatre production of My Fair Lady is bursting with them. The tunes by Lerner and Loewe feel like the dictionary definition of a Broadway musical. >More
 American Players Theatre's powerful The Cure at Troy reworks Sophocles

It often takes just the right role to make you aware what an actor's capable of. I've seen American Players Theatre core company member David Daniel before, in last season's Exits and Entrances and this year's Blithe Spirit, among others. While he's a fine actor, none of those roles has stood out so much as his current turn in the vivid, powerful production of The Cure at Troy. >More
 American Players Theatre's charming The Tempest weathers the storm

We left Madison in a raging downpour Saturday night, but by the time we got to Spring Green, the only storm in evidence was the product of sound effects. And good thing, too, because The Tempest is a comic romance, and to have been deprived of the latest outdoor take on Shakespeare's play by American Players Theatre would have been a tragedy. >More
 American Players Theatre stages chilling Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is not a comedy. However, you might not know that from the audience reaction to the American Players Theatre production of the classic novella. Saturday night, the first half of the show found people laughing heartily at any opportunity. >More
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