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In Overture Hall, Legally Blonde is brightly colored fun

It's a measure of the catchiness of "Omigodyouguys," the signature tune of the musical Legally Blonde, that I hummed it not only at intermission (and as I left Overture Hall Tuesday night, and as I drove home, and as I brushed my teeth before bed). That song wormed its way into my head so forcefully that when I woke up Wednesday morning, IT WAS STILL THERE, playing endlessly on repeat. >More
 University Theatre's daring Eurydice brings mythology alive, in all its weirdness

Certain productions really drive home the point that University Theatre is a lab not just for actors and directors in training, but also talented costumers, set designers, sound designers and others who help fully realize the world of a play. Eurydice, UT's latest offering, is just such a production. >More
 Forward Theater Company unveils 2011-2012 season

Madison's Forward Theater Company has announced the three plays in its 2011-2012 season. It will be the third season for the company, which came into being just a few weeks after Madison Repertory Theatre collapsed in 2009. >More
 StageQ's William Finn revue Make Me a Song is funny, touching

Famous for shows like A New Brain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Falsettos, William Finn is an intensely personal writer, tackling issues such as death, fatherhood, cancer and the experience of being gay, Jewish and terrible at baseball. >More
 Broom Street Theatre's chaotic Riverwest: A Rhapsody examines a Milwaukee neighborhood

People use the word interesting when they don't know what else to say and don't want to be insulting. I can report that Broom Street Theater's latest production, Riverwest: A Rhapsody, which opened Friday, is interesting; genuinely interesting. It is also a bit overwhelming and chaotic. >More
 Bricks Theatre's bitter The Mercy Seat unfolds the day after Sept. 11

Walking into a Neil LaBute play, I feel like I should brace for impact. LaBute creates characters who run the gamut from morally ambiguous to outright repellent. >More
 Going to St. Ives grapples with the personal and the political

Though Laura Gordon is a familiar sight on Milwaukee stages -- she's been a member of Milwaukee Repertory Theater's resident acting company for 18 years now -- she's increasingly making her mark behind the scenes as well. In the last several years, Gordon has begun directing. >More
 At Overture Center, entertaining Young Frankenstein is a monster of a musical

No one should be surprised that Mel Brooks is spending the latter part of his career transforming his film comedies into Broadway musicals -- first the smash The Producers of a decade ago, then 2007's less heralded Young Frankenstein. A gleefully entertaining road production of Young Frankenstein began an Overture Hall run Tuesday night. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison's inspiring Most Valuable Player tells Jackie Robinson's story

Children's Theater of Madison's production of Most Valuable Player wasn't sold out on opening night, but judging from the energy of the crowd, it might as well have been. On Saturday theatergoers of all ages and colors filled Overture Center's Playhouse to see the story of courageous Jackie Robinson, the first African-American Major League Baseball player. >More
 Forward Theater's charming The Love That Changed My Life tackles romance

In advance of Valentine's Day, Madison's Forward Theater Company looks at love through the eyes of 15 different playwrights. Its festival of short monologues, The Love That Changed My Life, opened Friday at the Overture Center's Promenade Hall and runs again Saturday afternoon and evening. >More
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