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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
 University Theatre's beautifully designed Imaginary Invalid is funny, offbeat

The phrase "17th-century French theater" probably doesn't scream "big fun!" to a lot of playgoers. You might imagine stuffy costumes, stilted dialogue and the like. But in the case of the University Theatre adaptation of Molière's 1673 play The Imaginary Invalid, you'd be dead wrong. >More
 American Players Theatre announces 2010 season

In the wake of American Players Theatre's 2009 season, which saw the triumphant debut of the indoor Touchstone Theatre, the Spring Green company has released its eight-play lineup for next year. >More
 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
 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
 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
 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
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