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Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre stages strong debut

As debuts go, The Smart Women Project -- the first-ever production from the new Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre company -- is, well, awfully smart. The production's nine short plays run the gamut from sober realism to out-there experiments to frenetic zaniness, and while some work better than others, all of them work, and none talk down to the audience. >More
 Souvenir's soprano can't sing, but she thinks she can

There was nothing pretty about Florence Foster Jenkins' singing. But there might be something beautiful about it. Foster Jenkins is one of the two characters in Madison Theatre Guild's Souvenir, which opened Oct. 14 at the Bartell Theatre. She's odd, compelling -- and utterly real. >More
 Jungle Jack Hanna advocates for wildlife

When I was a kid in Chicago the whole family used to gather around the black-and-white Motorola for Marlin Perkins' Sunday afternoon Zoo Parade, broadcast live from Lincoln Park. Today my sibling the PETA activist and I disagree vehemently on the nature of zoos. To him they're prisons; to me they look like endangered species' best refuge. >More
 Bawdy laughs in Bricks Theatre debut An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein

I approached the Bricks Theatre's first-ever production, An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, with two questions: Would it tarnish my innocent childhood memories? And more important, would it be funny? The answers are "no" and "yes," respectively. >More
 CTM and Four Seasons Theatre's Little Women is good enough

Children's Theater of Madison and Four Seasons Theatre had a challenge in front of them as they co-produced Little Women: The Musical as the opener for both of their seasons. To the credit of a hardworking cast and crew, they make the best of it. >More
 Taut storytelling in Mercury Players Theatre's smart Vin

Often when teens are portrayed in film or on stage, the writing can seem stilted and false. This is not the case with the new Mercury Players Theatre production Vin. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's Forever Plaid is a musical delight

Madison Theatre Guild's production of Forever Plaid wraps audience and performers alike in its fuzzy comfort. >More
 Marxism for wee folks in Revolt of the Beavers by University Theatre

What do you get when you take a 1937 Federal Theatre Project production for children about oppressed beavers, then toss in some rubber teeth, galoshes falling from the sky, a tinsel-bedazzled robot, a Black Eyed Peas song and messages of social justice and environmentalism? >More
 Comic-book fun in rambling Tales from the Dork Side at Broom Street Theater

Broom Street Theater's Tales from the Dork Side is a prime example of what the Broom Street people do well: fill their little Willy Street space with an overload of craziness. >More
 Laboratory Theatre postpones inaugural production

Laboratory Theatre, the new resident company at downtown Madison's Bartell Theatre, has postponed its inaugural production, an African American-themed staging of Willy Russell's 1980 play Educating Rita. >More
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