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A public health crisis unfolds in Aquila production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People

Thursday night in Overture Center's Playhouse, the members of Aquila Theatre, a London-born company now based in New York City, got an introduction to local audiences that was what Midwesterners might evasively dub "interesting" -- a convenient stand-in for something less diplomatic. >More
 Laboratory Theatre's Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Wonderful material, uneven execution

It turns out that I feel quite protective of the Schoolhouse Rock! songs, which is probably why I was disappointed with several of the numbers in Laboratory Theatre's production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! >More
 University Theatre's all-Kabuki production is a rare treat for Madison audiences

Up until now, even if you went to live theater nearly every weekend in Madison, you would have had little chance to see locally produced Kabuki. Enter University Theatre's David Furumoto, who directs the company's current double bill: the short comedy The Zen Substitute and Narukami: The Thunder God. >More
 There's too little drama in Madison Theatre Guild's Meg

A popular bumper sticker says that history is rarely made by well-behaved women. Meg, a historical drama about the daughter of Sir Thomas More, should take that aphorism a little more ardently to heart. Some misbehavior would have been welcome in Madison Theatre Guild's disappointingly bland production at the Bartell Theatre. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's Two Rooms is a tense terrorism story

The Madison Theatre Guild presentation of Two Rooms, now playing at the Bartell Theatre, revolves around a flimsy striped mattress in the middle of a bare black stage. The mattress represents, alternately, a home and a prison cell, and it's a powerful symbol in a minimalist production that leaves plenty of room for the actors to tell a harrowing tale with skill and conviction. >More
 Wicked to fly into Overture Center this fall

Ding-dong, the witch is here. Or she will be this fall, anyway. Madison's Overture Center announced Thursday morning that blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked will run on its stage from Sept. 22 through Oct. 10. >More
 Goddesses squabble in StageQ's funny Sappho in Love

That old devil (or, to be more precise, that old goddess) love gets quite the workout in StageQ's production of Sappho in Love, now playing at the Bartell Theatre. Featuring an all-female cast of 20 performers, the play tries to untangle the amorous skeins that entwine us poor mortals, even as it makes delicious fun of how silly we get when we submit to the most powerful emotion we have. >More
 Madison Opera's Turn of the Screw features able singing, quirks of staging

It was brave and ambitious of the Madison Opera to choose Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw for its mid-season production. Perhaps the most intriguing and durable of his "chamber operas," this one takes up the best-known of Henry James's ghost stories, a study as much in psychological enigmas as in ectoplasm. >More
 Madison theater survives and thrives after a devastating year

New companies have sprung up in the Rep's wake, the Playhouse is booked with productions from local and out-of-town troupes, and Madison theater groups are pressing forward, expanding their offerings, trying out new ideas. Not only is Madison theater in general surviving, it is thriving in ways that have confounded the naysayers of less than a year ago. >More
 Ghosts will visit in Madison Opera's The Turn of the Screw

If you asked me which 20th-century opera is the most chilling, I would say Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. But you can decide for yourself when you see the Madison Opera production of this tragic psychodrama in the Playhouse at Overture Center on Jan. 28-31. >More
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