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Laboratory Theatre puts fresh stamp on Santaland Diaries

On the evening of Black Friday -- that high holiday of the retail year -- Laboratory Theatre introduced itself to Madison with an adaptation of David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries. >More
 Mercury Players Theatre's 1 SW33T R1DE treats sensitive topic with humor -- and respect

There's nothing funny about rape, but one way people deal with trauma is by cracking jokes. 1 SW33T R1DE, the latest production from Mercury Players Theatre, uses black humor and other realistic notes to excellent effect to tell a believable, interesting and even educational story about sexual assault. >More
 University Theatre's Blood Wedding is sheer poetry

Going to the theater is risky. Theater tickets are investments in the unknown. So often we leave our seats disappointed, thinking that a few pints would have been a better use of the night. Saturday night, as I headed into the strangely balmy air after University Theatre production of Blood Wedding, I felt just the opposite. >More
 Broom Street Theater's McBeth brings Shakespeare's king to the corporate world

Broom Street Theater brings its 40th anniversary season to an end with an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which artistic director Callen Harty has twisted and turned into McBeth, an allegory of corporate greed. >More
 University Theatre head David Furumoto mixes and matches global influences

"The theater is our laboratory. It's where our students do their work, where they learn. Our audiences are doubly important in that regard." So says David Furumoto, the new head of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's University Theatre, and a tenured associate professor of acting in the department of theater and drama. >More
 All About Eve is a promising start by the Forward Theater Company

If Saturday night's near-capacity crowd for All About Eve is a reliable indicator, there's definitely an appetite for professional theater in Madison. >More
 Dog Sees God by OUT!Cast Theatre spoofs the Peanuts gang (don't bring the kids)

It's a fairly good bet that when Charles Schulz created his beloved Peanuts cartoon strip, he never foresaw the futures that his characters live into in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, a decidedly adult spoof that is the debut production of the OUT!Cast Theatre company. >More
 Emotional power in Madison Opera's vividly staged Carmen

Friday night the Madison Opera opened this season with a lavish production in Overture Hall of the perennial crowd-pleaser, Bizet's Carmen. And a production to please it surely was. >More
 Religion is a drag in StageQ's charming, irreverent The Stops

Meet Ginny, Euglena and their friend Rose in StageQ's latest production, The Stops, directed by John-Stuart Fauquet. It's a giddy musical blend of drag show and church-lady comedy à la Church Basement Ladies. >More
 The frights are funny in Strollers Theatre's Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Halloween weekend seems like a fitting time for a local theater group to open a mystery like The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Like the holiday itself, the Strollers Theatre production of this whodunit is more about fun than fear. As the German maid Helsa is throttled and dragged off in the first scene, what ensues are giggles, not gasps. >More
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