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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
 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
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