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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
 Middleton Players Theatre's Chicago is a big dose of razzle-dazzle

As the lights dim on the Middleton Performing Arts Center's proscenium stage, a flickering projector eases us back a few decades to the 1920s, with lively music and clips of flappers doing the Charleston. When the film reel ends, the lights rise on dancers in classic Bob Fosse silhouette, and suddenly we are in Chicago. >More
 Madison stage alum Carrie Coon heads for Broadway

Last winter, UW-Madison and American Players Theatre alum Carrie Coon stunned audiences and critics in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. She's set to do the same in 2012 -- on Broadway. >More
 Broom Street's The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker is smart, funny and moving

I loathe shrill, preachy political theater, especially when the shrilling and preaching are being done on the side I agree with. But a friend assured me she'd seen playwright Doug Reed's previous work, and if anyone could pull off a Broom Street Theater take on the political events that rocked Wisconsin earlier this year, it would be him. >More
 Music Theatre of Madison's The Glorious Ones examines the craft of (16th-century) comedy

Artists are often strange, hybrid creatures: at once intensely proud of their craft, yet anxious that they won't be remembered, that they won't leave a real legacy. Such is Flaminio Scala, the leader of a ragtag band of performers in The Glorious Ones. >More
 Plays will make you laugh, cry and hum up the aisles in 2011-2012

Summer is by no means a drought for local theater. Playgoing and picnicking are in full swing at American Players Theatre, and both Music Theatre of Madison and Mercury Players Theatre have shows this weekend. Still, it's not too early for stage aficionados to start planning ahead. From bat-human hybrids to political skewering, it promises to be another eclectic season, with a show for every taste and budget. >More
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