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American Players Theatre's The Gift of the Magi is a Christmas delight

What a smart idea for American Players Theatre to use the cozy, indoor Touchstone stage for a winter production. I imagine that after the snow falls, this woodland venue, with its twinkling lights and welcoming fire pits, will only get more magical. >More
 University Theatre's Bat Boy: The Musical is a monstrously good time

I'll always feel a certain hometown connection to the Weekly World News, the goofy tabloid that used to be good for a few chuckles in the grocery checkout line. In summer 1988, when I was still living in Kalamazoo, Mich., WWN reported that Elvis was alive and had been spotted in the downtown Burger King, among other places. >More
 Broom Street Theater observes the season with uneven-but-rewarding Ghosts of Christmas Past

The Ghosts of Christmas Past by Broom Street Theater is a mostly madcap romp through the holiday season's cultural and emotional landscape. With an intimacy that only a small community theater can achieve, the play by Christina Beller and Scott Rawson manages to cover the turbulent ground of parental sexuality, loss of loved ones, social awkwardness, family dysfunction, painful in-law experiences and the just plain bad memories that seem to resurface for all of us this time of year. >More
 Catching up with Madison native Buzz Moran, sound effects designer for Intergalactic Nemesis

Ever since a he was a kid, Madison native Buzz Moran has been on a voyage of sound. Blessed with an ear for music and sound effects, Moran performed as a musician around Madison before packing up and heading for Austin, Texas, in his 20s to escape the cold. Since then, he has made a name for himself in just about every aspect of sound production, be it through his award-winning work in theatrical sound design or helping in the recording and mixing of motion pictures such as Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. >More
 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
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