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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
 New talent gets a chance in Queer Shorts 4 evening of one-acts by StageQ

When asked to describe Queer Shorts, StageQ's annual festival of ultra-short plays, Tara Ayres phrases her answer a bit like the saying about Midwestern weather: If you don't like it, just wait a few minutes. >More
 What killed Madison Rep?

Just a few days ago, on May 10, the city's second-oldest theater troupe was to have completed its run of My Fair Lady, bringing a glittering 40th anniversary season to a close. Instead, Madison Repertory Theatre is dead. >More
 Bartell Theatre companies emphasize feel-good fun in 2009-10 season

The Bartell Theatre hosted a season-announcement event on May 19 at its facility on East Mifflin Street. The six resident companies revealed a slate of plays heavy on comedy and fun -- a perfect remedy for hard times. >More
 The Little Dog Laughed by Strollers Theatre disappoints

Douglas Carter Beane's caustic comedy The Little Dog Laughed lifts its leg on the fire hydrant that is Hollywood, dousing that narcissistic never-never land with a well-deserved dose of reality. Sadly, Strollers Theatre's production, currently playing at the Bartell, has turned a comical canine into a hapless hound that is barking up the wrong tree. >More
 Flaws in Madison Opera's crowd-pleasing Faust

Gounod's Faust endures as a sure-fire audience-pleaser, whether because of or despite any given production. After 150 years, however, there is still no definitive edition of the score, while performances offer jumbled versions of an inherently corrupt tradition. >More
 Resonant family dynamic in Mercury Players' production of Well

I should confess that I wasn't exactly chomping at the bit to see Mercury Players Theatre's production of Well at their MercLab space on Fair Oaks, because the press release description sounded like more than I wanted to deal with on a Friday night. But I'm so glad I accepted the assignment. >More
 Quieter moments are better in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Madison Theatre Guild

At performances of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by the Madison Theatre Guild, I imagine most audience members are ready to compare the efforts of the lead actors to those in the 1976 Milos Forman film, which garnered Academy Awards for Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. It's a little tough to push those iconic performances aside. >More
 Youthful energy in University Theatre's successful Hair

In Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre Saturday night, the passion and energy of the beautiful young cast of Hair had a remarkable effect on a packed audience, fully half of whom could remember the events from the first time around. >More
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