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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
 Four Seasons Theatre's Kiss Me, Kate is a joyful homage to Wisconsin Union Theater's first production

I'm always impressed with the crowd at Four Seasons Theatre productions. Friday night, every seat was taken at Wisconsin Union Theater, where the local troupe presented Kiss Me, Kate. It's the first theater production at the remodeled venue, which is about to celebrate its 75th year. >More
 American Players Theatre explores medical ethics with a scalpel-sharp The Doctor's Dilemma

In the first years of the 20th century, playwright George Bernard Shaw was very concerned about the medical profession: how many unqualified quacks offered their services with impunity, how tempting it would be for doctors to act in the interest of financial gain instead of patient health, how few remedies were available to the working and lower classes; and how physicians' egos could get the better of them. >More
 Broom Street Theater's Nottingham! dares audience members act out parts of a new Robin Hood tale

What's a folk-hero vigilante to do when he finds himself on the right side of the law? The same thing an audience does when they find themselves in the middle of a play: Go with it. >More
 American Players Theatre's Travesties is a brilliant blend of history, fantasy and anarchic humor

Oscar Wilde dubbed The Importance of Being Earnest "a trivial comedy for serious people." I'm not sure that descriptor would fit Tom Stoppard's 1974 play Travesties, even though it riffs on Wilde in many ways, from reprising some of Wilde's characters to sharing his glee with wordplay and clever aphorisms. Both are playing this summer at Spring Green's American Players Theatre. >More
 American Players Theatre nails Chekhov's dark humor in The Seagull

The Seagull is not some boring old Russian play. Anton Chekhov's 1895 piece is stunningly relevant in 2014. The excellent production by American Players Theatre production (through Sept. 20) makes for a satisfying time at the Up-the-Hill Theatre in Spring Green; it's a show that will linger in audience members' minds for a long time. >More
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