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Arts Beat: Madison Rep settles debt

The Madison Repertory Theatre didn't actually close when its final season was canceled in February 2009. Its nonprofit corporation lived on, though its activity was confined to settling the company's debt. >More
 The Last Supper by Mercury Players: Not much to chew on, tough to swallow

My gut reaction to The Last Supper (after reading the review, but before seeing the actual play) was not positive. In fact, I wrote that it "sounds like revolting drivel." Well, now that I've seen the play, my informed and considered opinion is that it's drivel all right, but Dan Rosen isn't a good enough playwright to provoke revulsion. >More
 Actress Nora Dunn, playwright Dan Rosen address Last Supper controversy

Rachel Jenkins-Bledsoe, artistic director for Mercury Players Theatre, said the company hired an armed guard for Saturday's performance of The Last Supper after consulting police about hate mail board members received. She made the remark after the performance, when the Bartell Theatre hosted a talkback. >More
 Listless Mamma Mia! disappoints at Overture Center

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical. Meaning: instead of writing the tunes from scratch, its creators gathered a group of famous songs, by 1970s Swedish pop superstars Abba in this instance, and built a show around them. >More
 Broom Street Theater's witty Maya and Me tries to do too much

"You have to be careful what you open your mind to," one character gravely warns in Kay Dixon's Maya and Me, running through Feb. 20 at Broom Street Theater. Kim (Dixon), a single mother and co-owner of a salon, becomes deeply and inexplicably obsessed with Maya (Christine Khouyoudi), a devout Christian she met briefly at a public library. >More
 Mercury Players Theatre kills off right-wingers in The Last Supper

It's almost eerie that a play about extreme political rhetoric and vitriol would open just two weeks after the terrible shootings in Tucson. At the Bartell Theatre, Mercury Players Theatre presents the dark comedy The Last Supper, which Dan Rosen adapted from his screenplay of the same name. >More
 Strollers Theatre's The Norman Conquests is an uproariously funny bedroom farce

Hapless playboy Norman's faltering definition of matrimony is the unwitting theme of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests. This trilogy of plays is more than the sex farce it's billed as. It's a thoughtful exploration of marriage and family dynamics -- an exploration that just happens to be your-abs-will-hurt-the-next-day hilarious. >More
 Arts Beat: Theater Bus offers arty daytrips

How about a luxurious daytrip with friends to an out-of-town theater? You'll have to wait until you're 56, at least if you want to travel with Theater Bus. >More
 Pretty-good Guys & Does sets deer hunting to music

The first American Folklore Theatre production at Overture Center, the musical comedy Guys & Does, is exactly what you expect. There are guys. There are deer. And there are dad jokes and goofy songs. All in all, the two-hour show's opening performance Tuesday night was pretty good. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison's A Wonderful Life delivers redemptive message, despite script woes

The 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life used to be in constant rotation on television at this time of year, and if you were like me, you ended up watching so many clips of it that by the time Christmas rolled around, you'd seen nearly the entire film, only out of order. That's exactly how the Children's Theater of Madison production of A Wonderful Life -- a musical based on the beloved movie -- feels: a little mixed up. >More
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