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StageQ's enjoyable Queer Shorts 6 emphasizes laughs

There's always something appealing about the smorgasbord approach to an evening of theater. Given the mix of 10 short plays in Queer Shorts 6 by StageQ, there's a briskness of pace and a lightness. Each short lasts no longer than 10 or 15 minutes. >More
 Physical contact causes illness in Peep

In Mercury Players Theatre's Peep, local playwright Douglas Holtz explores the genesis of an oddly symbiotic relationship between two young roommates, Billy and Summer, and then the fallout of 25 years of lies as we witness the near-implosion of a family. Billy suffers from haphephobia, a condition that means human touch makes him literally ill. When vivacious Summer moves in and the two develop tenuous feelings for each other, Billy's voyeurism and her willingness to accommodate him make for several sexy and funny moments. >More
 APT's Tracy Michelle Arnold is sexy, edgy or funny, as the role requires

"Acting is all I've ever really wanted to do," says Tracy Michelle Arnold of American Players Theatre. Thank goodness, then, that Arnold is so exceptionally talented. Now heading into her 12th season with the Spring Green-based professional company, Arnold is a magnetic stage presence who can master a wide range of roles. >More
 Arts Beat: Mercury Players Theatre hit by setbacks

Mercury Players Theatre is the latest arts group to suffer recession setbacks. The company has canceled its annual Blitz Smackdown, scheduled for June 10 and 11. Tax records show that gifts, grants and contributions are down by half, and that other income is down by 44%. >More
 Mercury Players Theatre's Peep follows a family's near-implosion

Mercury Players Theatre recently got a boost from Saturday Night Live alum Nora Dunn, who performed a one-woman show as a benefit for the company. Reportedly she was impressed after taking in Mercury's production of The Last Supper earlier this year. And Mercury can be impressive. However, their latest production, Peep, might be trying too hard to be quirky and provocative. >More
 Bartell Theatre announces 2011-2012 season

With less on the menu for the Bartell Theatre in its 2011-12 season, managing director Sarah Hoover sees more substantive fare. "I think there are a few more chances taken with the next season," she observes, noting that the resident companies appear to be taking a collective turn toward more serious productions. >More
 Arts Beat: Nora Dunn show benefits Mercury Players Theatre

Saturday Night Live veteran Nora Dunn will perform a benefit for Mercury Players Theatre this weekend. "I am supporting the work of the Mercury Players because I saw their production of The Last Supper, a play that was written by my friend Dan Rosen," says Dunn, who performed on SNL from 1985 to 1990 and appeared in the 1995 film of The Last Supper. >More
 Forward Theater Company's funny Moonlight & Magnolias visits 1930s Hollywood

Three weeks into the production of Gone With the Wind, producer David O. Selznick assembled writer Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming to completely rewrite the script. What might have happened? That's the clever premise of Forward Theater Company's Moonlight & Magnolias. >More
 Broom Street Theater's latest is heavy on the hate speech

In the author's note on the program of his new play at Broom Street Theater, Rob Matsushita writes, "...for me, it always comes down to characters and dialogue." The play, abhorrently titled Hitler Was Right, is top heavy with both. >More
 You Can't Take It With You predates the modern sitcom

Wacky families are a TV and movie staple and have been for a long time. The theater classic You Can't Take It With You, which began its original run in 1936, is one source of that time-honored trope. "In a lot of ways, the play's a precursor to the family sitcoms we have on TV today," says director Ron Himes. >More
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