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Melissa Gilbert plays Ma in a Little House musical

Melissa Gilbert is on the phone from Fayetteville, Ark., where she is starring as Ma in the Madison-bound touring production of Little House on the Prairie: The Musical. At the moment she is puttering in the kitchen, putting dishes away and listening to Alicia Keys, who can indeed sing. >More
 Life on the margins in Madison Theatre Guild's Hot l Baltimore

Madison Theatre Guild begins the new year with two shows running in repertory at the Bartell Theatre, Hot l Baltimore and Tarantara, Tarantara. I took in Lanford Wilson's Hot l Baltimore on opening night and came away disliking the play but admiring the performances. >More
 Allegory meets comic anarchy in Forward Theater's timely Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

With Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Madison's Forward Theater Company has taken its next big step. Torture is the Midwest premiere of Christopher Durang's acclaimed political comedy, and Forward's first fully-staged play. While it's not a perfect play (and what is?), the crowd on a frigid opening night clearly appreciated Torture's political relevance and sheer goofiness. >More
 Too many loose ends in StageQ's Random Harvest

It's hard to know how to characterize Richard Willett's play Random Harvest, now playing at the Bartell Theatre. It's described in the playbill as "a ghost story about living without fear," but it's also about the elusive butterfly called memory, as well as being a discourse on success and a meditation on that whole "Meaning of Life" thing. >More
 Forward Theater stages Christopher Durang's acclaimed political satire Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

This year, one of New York's theatrical success stories had one of the oddest titles in recent memory: Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, by Christopher Durang. >More
 StageQ actors find depths in Random Harvest

We'll soon put Scrooge and his spirits back in their Christmas closet, but we're not quite done with ghost stories just yet. The redemptive Random Harvest kicks off with a New Year's Eve opening. >More
 The elf works blue in Bricks Theatre's uncut Santaland Diaries

David Sedaris' hilarious Santaland Diaries is being produced twice in Madison this season. Laboratory Theatre ran a kid-friendly version of Sedaris' account of a gig as a Macy's elf. Now the Bricks Theatre brings the uncut version to a bar near you. As one might suspect, Santaland uncensored is way better. >More
 Children's Theatre of Madison's A Christmas Carol wows the kids

As someone who's seen A Christmas Carol at least a dozen times in recent history, I could easily bah-humbug my way through any version of Dickens' classic. But at the Saturday matinee of Children's Theatre of Madison's A Christmas Carol, as I looked around at the children who filled the theater, it wasn't too hard to suppress any possible humbugs. >More
 Bright, brassy Grease revival warms Overture Center

I've been obsessed with the movie Grease since sixth grade. I've listened to the soundtrack endlessly. No blizzard would prohibit me from going to Overture Center and taking in the national touring production of Broadway's most recent revival of Grease. >More
 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
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