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Provocative, intimate Exits and Entrances ideal for APT's Touchstone stage

As directed by Kate Buckley, Exits and Entrances is intimate, affecting, and another excellent example of the sort of fare that is well-suited to the 200-seat, indoor Touchstone Theatre.As we see these men in two encounters several years apart, we can't help but feel the weight and turbulence of history outside the world of the theater, yet those themes are handled deftly through the lens of a single human relationship. >More
 Arts Beat: The Bricks Theatre offers community 'shares' for its new season

C.S.A. shares are no longer reserved for locavores alone. The Bricks Theatre has announced the availability of Community Supported Arts "shares" for its 2010-2011 season. Instead of the weekly boxful of fresh produce that comes with the more familiar community-supported agriculture subscription, the bounty here is theatrical. >More
 Class privilege and lost love churn in American Players Theatre's The Circle

Superficially, The Circle has more than a few things in common with Noël Coward's Hay Fever, which APT staged last summer. You've got two plays by British playwrights, written just a few years apart in the 1920s. Add in unconventional families, stately upper-class homes, quotable quips and romantic dalliances. Even many of the cast members are the same between the two shows. >More
 Madison stages present plays for every taste in the coming 2010-11 theater season

Whether you're looking to catch the latest Broadway blockbuster or witness the world premiere of a local novice's creation, Madison's many theater companies have it all. From the retro to the risqué, the sheer volume and diversity of productions in the 2010-2011 theater season is staggering. You're bound to find something that appeals to you and gives you good return for your entertainment dollar. >More
 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
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