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Schoolboys turn savages in Children's Theater of Madison's Lord of the Flies

Children's Theater of Madison's Lord of the Flies, currently running in Overture Center's Playhouse, is a suspenseful production that will get audiences thinking. Based on William Golding's classic novel, the play is immensely enjoyable. >More
 Survivors forge a beautiful bond in University Theatre's Pedro and the War Cantata

The closest most Americans get to Argentinean theater is catching Eva Perón on the balcony of the Casa Rosada in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical theater classic. But the South American nation has a long history of producing thoughtful playwrights. >More
 American Players Theatre unveils chuckle-tastic promo video

This morning brings a pleasing sign of summer in the form of a note from Madison filmmaker Nicholas Langholff. He writes to say his team has completed another amusing promo film for American Players Theatre, whose season begins June 16. >More
 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
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