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Forward Theater examines TV's dueling creators in The Farnsworth Invention

There is a decidedly festive atmosphere at Forward Theater Company's newly acquired rehearsal space in downtown Madison. Cast, crew and a number of guests have gathered this October late afternoon for the first rehearsal of the first production of the new season. After all the reunion hugs, the swells of laughter and the friendly clamor for chairs, the room quiets. Anticipation is palpable as Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Forward's artistic director and director of this new play, rises to set the stage, so to speak, for the first read-through of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention. >More
 American Players Theatre announces 2012 season

American Players Theatre, the 33-year-old company in Spring Green, has unveiled the lineup of its next season, which begins June 9, 2012. >More
 Ti-Jean and His Brothers fight the devil in University Theatre's unsatisfying production

University Theatre's Ti-Jean and His Brothers is complex. Unfortunately, it's not complex in a way I expected and wanted it to be. >More
 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
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