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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
 Laughs, then bleak confusion in American Players Theatre's Waiting for Godot

American Players Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot, which opened Friday in the intimate, indoor Touchstone Theatre, is an accessible slapstick romp with uniformly top-notch performances by the small cast. >More
 Broom Street Theater's often funny Television! (The Play) spoofs the tube

Writer-director Amanda Jones's Television! (The Play), a satirical critique of television and television culture, is an exciting work of deceptively experimental comedy. >More
 American Players Theatre's satisfying All's Well That Ends Well rises above that awkward plot

The new American Players Theatre season is lighter on the Shakespeare than past years, with only two plays from the Bard. Saturday night's opening of All's Well That Ends Well showed that even given a sometimes ponderous plot, good acting and smart direction (from John Langs) will save the day and make the title ring true. >More
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