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Music Theatre of Madison's The Wild Party is a showcase for local stage talent

I'd never heard of The Wild Party, a musical based on a poem written by Joseph Moncure March in 1928. So I was curious about Music Theatre of Madison's production of Andrew Lippa's show, which had a short off-Broadway run in 2000 and has an even shorter run at the Bartell Theatre through Saturday. >More
 Mercury Players Theatre's Poona the Fuckdog needs to be funnier

Sometimes, the key to comedy is not trying too hard. That's a lesson I wish playwright Jeff Goode had thought about when penning Poona the Fuckdog and Other Plays for Children, now being staged by Mercury Players Theatre at its MercLab space on Fair Oaks Avenue. >More
 New play tells Wisconsinites' Cancer Stories

Mike Lawler and Talish Barrow know the subject matter of their new documentary play, Cancer Stories, can't exactly compete with Iron Man 2 for lighthearted summer entertainment. >More
 Music Theatre Idol contestants sing for the prize

As you might guess from the name of the competition, there was a whole lot of belting at Music Theatre Idol Friday night. The top 10 contestants in the contest, staged by Music Theatre of Madison at First United Methodist Church, were a refreshing and delightful mix. >More
 The Lion King brings surge of money to downtown Madison businesses, Overture Center

The Lion King has provided a $15 million boost to the downtown economy, according the Madison Central Business Improvement District. >More
 Bartell Theatre announces 2010-2011 season

The Bartell Theatre, the downtown group of theater companies, has released its schedule for the 2010-2011 season. It begins Sept. 2 with a production by the queer-oriented troupe StageQ of Make Me a Song, the revue of William Finn tunes. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's The Sea Horse is part chamber drama, part screwball comedy

The plot of The Sea Horse concerns Gertrude (Terry Kiss Frank), a pissy barkeep with a dark history that leaks out little by little, and Harry (Stephen Gerard), a dockworker who serves as Gertrude's lover and persistent annoyance. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Young Playwrights debut their work (video)

Professional actors performed plays written by local kids in the 24th annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival at Overture Center. Watch the writers discuss their work and the thrill of seeing it come alive on stage. >More
 No riots, but Strollers Theatre's The Playboy of the Western World features clever comedy

When I heard the first Irish accent in The Playboy of the Western World, I almost groaned, because I haven't always had good experiences with tricky accents in local productions. I'm happy to report my fears were unfounded. The evening was full of fine accents and clever comedy. >More
 Talented cast sings Four Seasons Theatre and Madison Theatre Guild's Side by Side by Sondheim

Revered songwriter Stephen Sondheim is currently being feted on Broadway by the likes of Vanessa Williams, Barbara Cook and Tom Wopat in Sondheim on Sondheim. Meanwhile, a modest but festive celebration in honor of his 80th birthday is unfolding in Madison at the Bartell Theatre. >More
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