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APT opens Touchstone Theatre with taut Old Times

This weekend, American Players Theatre (APT) officially opened its new indoor stage, the Touchstone Theatre. And after seeing APT's production of Harold Pinter's Old Times, now I know exactly what artistic director David Frank meant when he told me in May that the Touchstone would be a home for "plays we could never do up the hill." >More
 Sassy songs, snappy dancing in Dames at Sea by University Theatre

Because this show often ends up in high school repertories, I was a little apprehensive about seeing the University Theatre production of Dames at Sea, but happily it turned out to be a fun evening. Dames is a tongue in cheek look at the clichés of lavish musicals and gets its inspiration from The Gold Digger films of the 1930's. >More
 StageQ's Riot Acts looks back at Stonewall

"What I thought was going to be a fairly simple romp of a show," says director Tara Ayres, "has turned into something a lot more ambitious." The show, Riot Acts, is a two-act commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City -- generally considered the first gay-rights protests in American history. >More
 Lounging Around by Broom Street Theater is pleasant but transient

With Lounging Around, the folks at Broom Street Theater have achieved something remarkable: They've made the interminable wait for a delayed flight enjoyable, if not exhilarating. >More
 Jealousy, harmony in The Winter's Tale at American Players Theatre

APT artistic director David Frank directs The Winter's Tale, and while this is not my favorite Shakespeare, the production is still strong and compelling. >More
 Frothy fun in The Philanderer by American Players Theatre

Although George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer was one of his three Plays Unpleasant, he also subtitled it "A Topical Comedy." Let that be a tip-off to the somewhat split identity of this 1898 play. >More
 Thrill Me explores the relationship of Leopold and Loeb

"It's an unconventional love story in a lot of ways," says New York-based lyricist and composer Stephen Dolginoff. That's putting it mildly. Dolginoff's Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story is a homosexual Jazz Age tale of Chicago's coldest of cold-blooded killers. Music Theatre of Madison opens the Wisconsin premiere of the award-winning musical on Friday, June 19, at the Bartell Theatre. >More
 American Players Theatre gets big laughs with The Comedy of Errors

The opening night of The Comedy of Errors suggests why American Players Theatre is successful even in this challenging economy. Audience members are willing to drive out to Spring Green and trudge up the hill because they are guaranteed a quality performance and will often be treated to something special. >More
 American Players Theatre survives and thrives in down economy with new facility

"I'll never forget my first time here," says David Frank of American Players Theatre in Spring Green. "It was a very hot July; the Porta-Potties had a pretty obnoxious smell. I was at a matinee and it was like being on a griddle. And there were 300 people watching an uncut production of The Winter's Tale. I thought, that's some audience!" laughs Frank, his vivid blue eyes sparkling as he recalls the summer of 1991. >More
 Playwrights get to hear their stuff in Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project

Madisonian Kurt McGinnis Brown has some advice for fellow writers: Treat writing like work. "Don't assume you should be enjoying it," he says. Relevant words for anyone who has ever sat in front of a blank computer screen and felt like running off to do the dishes, pull weeds, do anything but write. "In time," he says, "you'll develop the same guilt feelings at being late to your desk as with whatever paid job you might have. Eventually, a play gets written." >More
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