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Cast gets extra-familiar with the audience at The Game Show Show

A smarmy host, attention-deficient celebrity guests, an oftentimes inebriated and flustered public, and a flashing applause sign can only mean one thing: It's a game show! Instead of a television studio, though, this particular contest takes place in the Bartell Theatre. The end result isn't entirely different. With The Game Show Show, WhoopDeDoo Productions and StageQ have teamed up to mix the oftentimes corny, surreal world of game shows with that oft-dreaded concept, audience participation, in a live theatrical work. >More
 Insurgent Theatre produces Homer for now people

Ben Turk's cell phone keeps cutting out. The Ohio-based actor-playwright is in a car out west, driving with his Insurgent Theatre partner, Kate Pleuss, and hardcore Milwaukee noise musician Peter J. Woods. They are on a tour of Homeric proportions, performing Turk's Ulysses' Crewmen and Woods' compositions at small, DIY-friendly venues along a route spanning the central and western U.S. Now they are heading to Madison for a performance at the Faux-Op on July 28. >More
 Isthmus off the isthmus: Backstage at American Players Theatre (video)

Ally Carey, who plays Helena in All's Well That Ends Well, shows us around the grounds of APT in Spring Green and shares some of the secrets of her summer job. >More
 The Bartell celebrates itself with the Barties

Awards shows are notorious for being too lengthy, too self-reverential and too wooden. But the Bartell Community Theatre Foundation tried its luck with the Bartell Theatre Awards, or the Barties, and last Saturday's inaugural ceremony at the Bartell Theatre was a lighthearted, fun appreciation of the people who make community theater tick. >More
 Inaugural Bartell Theatre Awards celebrate highs and hardships of community theater

Awards shows are notorious for being too lengthy, too self-reverential and too wooden. Despite that less than attractive reputation, the Bartell Community Theatre Foundation decided to try its luck and created the Bartell Theatre Awards, or the Barties. To the organizers' enormous credit, the inaugural ceremony Saturday evening at the Bartell Theatre was less a too-serious industry night of back-patting and awkward jokes, and more a lighthearted, fun appreciation of the people who make community theater tick. >More
 Winners of the 2010 Bartell Theatre Awards

The 2010 Bartell Theatre Awards, presented at the Bartell Theatre Saturday night, celebrate the work of the theater's resident companies. StageQ received 10 Barties, the most of any company. Next was Madison Theatre Guild, with eight nods. >More
 University Theatre's Putnam County Spelling Bee charms and amuses

University Theatre's new production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is fantastic: funny, charming, and -- thankfully -- not as super-squeaky-clean as one might expect. >More
 Scene change at Broom Street Theater

It's always difficult, Callen Harty says. When a leader steps down, a void is created. Finding a replacement who makes a good fit for that empty space presents a challenge. Since submitting his resignation to Broom Street Theater's board of directors in late April, however, Harty has come to recognize the opportunities presented by his decision to step down as artistic director -- prospects that counterbalance the uncertainty introduced by his departure. >More
 Colleen Madden is astounding in American Players Theatre's one-woman The Syringa Tree

Big. Big, big, big -- The Syringa Tree is big. It's got white characters, black characters, men, women, old and young characters. It deals with racism, friendship, parenthood, honor, the meaning of home and more. It's big. And that's saying something, given that the American Players Theatre production has a cast of one. >More
 American Players Theatre's enthralling Another Part of the Forest amuses and horrifies

Families are supposed to be places of refuge, sources of comfort and safety when you're feeling vulnerable. But as American Players Theatre shows with Another Part of the Forest, if you're born into the wrong one, you can never let your guard down. >More
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