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THEATER

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
 Arts Beat: Bartell Theatre undamaged by Capitol Hill Apartments fire

Work started strangely for Sarah Hoover, managing director of the Bartell Community Theatre, at 6:33 a.m. on June 30. "Morning began with a call from Isthmus, to say there was a fire reported near the Bartell," she recalls. "Theater folk don't get up that early, but it's amazing how fast I wake up when someone yells 'fire' about my theater!" >More
 Colleen Burns, remembered

Forward Theater Company has been hit hard by the death of one of its founders, Colleen Burns. Her life will be recalled in a special performance at the Overture Center on July 18. >More
 University Theatre's meta-musical [title of show] has youthful flair

I'll say this about [title of show], the new musical being staged by University Theatre at Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theater. It's not a perfect show, but it's a perfect show for university students to do. >More
 Arts Beat: Wisconsin Union Theater balcony takes a beating

Every theater wants a smash, but the Wisconsin Union Theater has had quite enough, thank you. Despite a sign and warning light, truck drivers keep smashing into the theater's exterior broad, overhanging Art Deco balcony on Park Street. The most recent accident exposed steel framing and conduit in the tapered soffit. >More
 American Players Theatre's Crime and Punishment doesn't live up to its potential

If you're like me, you're anxiously awaiting July's return of the TV drama Breaking Bad, about a high-school teacher turned meth cooker. Diagnosed with cancer, Walt resorts to crime so he can amass cash to leave for his wife and kids in the event of his death. >More
 American Players Theatre's hilarious The Critic spoofs the stage

Over years of theatergoing, I've seen some bad shows. But nothing, I fear, compares to the ludicrous, out-of-control spectacle I witnessed Saturday night at American Players Theatre. Let me clarify: I'm talking about The Spanish Armada, the play-within-a-play in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1779 satire The Critic -- and it's supposed to be terrible. >More
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