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Charmed by Madison's arts scene, Broadway star Karen Olivo jilts New York

The windows are open in a house on Madison's west side. They frame a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. Then out of nowhere comes the vocal wallop of the Tony Award-winning singer and actress. This isn't a show tunes album or a Broadway broadcast on the radio. It's a live performance by Karen Olivo, a Broadway star who recently moved to Madison from New York City. >More
 American Players Theatre's 2015 season includes Shakespeare's Othello and works by Homer, Coward and Austen

American Players Theatre, the 36-year-old repertory theater company based in Spring Green, has released the schedule for its upcoming season, which runs June 6 through Oct. 18, 2015. In addition to presenting Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, its specialty, APT will stage works by such famous writers as Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen and Homer. >More
 Strollers Theatre explores the strangeness of loss with The Baltimore Waltz

I can't quite figure out the Strollers Theatre production of The Baltimore Waltz (through Nov. 1 at the Bartell Theatre), but that's okay. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, The Baltimore Waltz creates a strange and sometimes funny dreamscape where things don't make sense and aren't supposed to. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison invites families into a whimsical circus spectacle with James and the Giant Peach

There are magical crocodile tongues on the loose in the Playhouse at Overture Center, and if you're not careful, they might enchant a fruit tree in your backyard. This is exactly what happened in James and the Giant Peach, the newest production by Children's Theater of Madison. >More
 American Players Theatre delivers a modern yet timeless Alcestis, Euripides' tale of love and fate

Despite being 2,500 years old, Alcestis fits naturally on the contemporary stage. Themes like love, death, and fate are universal; the story is easy to follow; and director David Frank offers some entertaining twists in an American Players Theatre production of Euripides' classic before stepping out of his role as the Spring Green company's producing artistic director. >More
 Compelling characters and stellar singing elevate Once's boy-meets-girl story

Before Once starts, the cast lets the audience know that the evening will be filled with energetic performances of soul-stirring music. Before the lights go down on musical's set -- a dark Dublin bar adorned with vintage mirrors -- the ensemble launches into a traditional Irish pub session of folk music and mingles with theater patrons onstage. >More
 Two actors struggle with racial stereotypes in Madison Theatre Guild's Yankee Dawg You Die

In one of the first scenes of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yankee Dawg You Die, a young Asian American actor who is new to the Hollywood scene encounters one of his screen idols at a party. They discuss a rumor that the elder has had plastic surgery, perhaps to look more American. >More
 David Frank, take a bow

The sun is assaulting the outdoor stage at American Players Theatre. It's a Friday afternoon late in May, the third week of rehearsal for the company's production of Much Ado About Nothing. >More
 Theatre LILA makes magic in the ethereal The Suitcase Dreams

The Suitcase Dreams by Theatre LILA is so good, I don't want you to read this review. Instead, I'd rather you go see it, like I did, without knowing too much. I want you to sit down in the slightly uncomfortable seats of Overture Center's Promenade Hall without having any idea what you're about to experience. >More
 Carrie Van Hallgren to start her 'dream job' as American Players Theatre's managing director

When Carrie Van Hallgren read the job posting for a new managing director position at American Players Theatre last winter, she had two thoughts: that with a national reputation for exceptional classical theater in a rustic setting, APT could hire anyone it wanted, potentially drawing from the best arts administrators in the country. And that this was undoubtedly her dream job. >More
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