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THEATER

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
 Music Theatre of Madison faces budget shortfall

One of the city's most ambitious theater companies, Music Theatre of Madison, needs $3,000. The company is making a plea for donations. >More
 American Players Theatre's crisp As You Like It goes into the forest

Completely outdoors and in a lush woods, American Players Theatre's "up the hill" stage is perfect for As You Like It. The short trek from the picnic tables takes you along a light-lined path into the forest -- the same forest where most of the play unfolds. >More
 Comic and touching, one-acts of StageQ's Queer Shorts 5 look at the human condition

Queer Shorts 5, this year's installment of short plays from StageQ, includes some greatest hits from the previous four productions, as well as new works. The 11 one-acts are variously silly, poignant, sexy, funny and insightful. >More
 Arts Beat: Program rents out Madison Repertory Theatre's costumes, props and sets

Madison Repertory Theatre may have died in 2009, but a great part of it lives on as the Madison Arts Production Cooperative. The Rep's collection of costumes, props and set pieces form the core of the cooperative program, a subsidiary of Children's Theater of Madison. The project recently won a grant of $35,000, spread over two years, from the Madison Community Foundation. >More
 American Players Theatre's Sarah Day is the pride of Wisconsin

This year, APT's Sarah Day marks 25 seasons with the acclaimed company. She has played everything from the devastated, morphine-addicted mother in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night to countless Shakespearean roles. >More
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