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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
 Strangers meet in Bricks Theatre's satisfying The Zoo Story

The Bricks Theatre brings Edward Albee's one-act The Zoo Story out of the stuffy theater and into a venue that's unconventional and perfect: the former location of the Lussier Teen Center at 827 E. Washington Ave. The Zoo Story takes place outside the Central Park Zoo, so the soft growl of traffic and whistle of passing trains provide an ideal city soundtrack. >More
 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
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