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Madison Theatre Guild's Two Rooms is a tense terrorism story

The Madison Theatre Guild presentation of Two Rooms, now playing at the Bartell Theatre, revolves around a flimsy striped mattress in the middle of a bare black stage. The mattress represents, alternately, a home and a prison cell, and it's a powerful symbol in a minimalist production that leaves plenty of room for the actors to tell a harrowing tale with skill and conviction. >More
 Wicked to fly into Overture Center this fall

Ding-dong, the witch is here. Or she will be this fall, anyway. Madison's Overture Center announced Thursday morning that blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked will run on its stage from Sept. 22 through Oct. 10. >More
 Goddesses squabble in StageQ's funny Sappho in Love

That old devil (or, to be more precise, that old goddess) love gets quite the workout in StageQ's production of Sappho in Love, now playing at the Bartell Theatre. Featuring an all-female cast of 20 performers, the play tries to untangle the amorous skeins that entwine us poor mortals, even as it makes delicious fun of how silly we get when we submit to the most powerful emotion we have. >More
 Madison Opera's Turn of the Screw features able singing, quirks of staging

It was brave and ambitious of the Madison Opera to choose Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw for its mid-season production. Perhaps the most intriguing and durable of his "chamber operas," this one takes up the best-known of Henry James's ghost stories, a study as much in psychological enigmas as in ectoplasm. >More
 Madison theater survives and thrives after a devastating year

New companies have sprung up in the Rep's wake, the Playhouse is booked with productions from local and out-of-town troupes, and Madison theater groups are pressing forward, expanding their offerings, trying out new ideas. Not only is Madison theater in general surviving, it is thriving in ways that have confounded the naysayers of less than a year ago. >More
 Ghosts will visit in Madison Opera's The Turn of the Screw

If you asked me which 20th-century opera is the most chilling, I would say Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. But you can decide for yourself when you see the Madison Opera production of this tragic psychodrama in the Playhouse at Overture Center on Jan. 28-31. >More
 Mercury Players Theatre's Fat Men in Skirts goes for shock over insight

Though it's mainly a dark comedy, there's plenty in Nicky Silver's Fat Men in Skirts, presented by Mercury Players Theatre at the Bartell Theatre, to try to jolt audiences: mother-son incest, cannibalism, murder, a dim-witted porn star. (Everything, it seems, except actual fat men in skirts.) >More
 Family dysfunction is funny in Broom Street Theater's Cattywompus

In a week filled with much sadness because of the crisis in Haiti, Broom Street Theater's Cattywompus was a welcome escape into fun. Written by Broom Street regulars Justin Lawfer and Christina Beller, who also directs, Cattywompus gives the cast the opportunity to showcase their diversity and depth as actors. >More
 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
 Tarantara! Tarantara! examines a stormy musical alliance

With Tarantara! Tarantara!, two staples of Madison theater join forces to tell the story of one of the stage's best-known partnerships. The musical, opening Friday at the Bartell Theatre, covers the lives and work of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It is being staged by Madison Theatre Guild and Madison Savoyards. >More
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