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Courtroom madness in Romance by Strollers Theatre

Watching the news lately, it seems that America is increasingly becoming a nation of screamers. Maybe I'm a little too worn out, then, to appreciate the seven men in David Mamet's Romance, a 2005 courtroom comedy currently being staged by Strollers Theatre. >More
 Light summer laughs in Hay Fever at APT

Noël Coward's Hay Fever is as light and fluffy as a cream puff. If you're looking for deep meaning or biting social critique, well, seek elsewhere. But if you're looking to laugh and enjoy a fantastic vehicle for APT core company actor Tracy Michelle Arnold, this is your show. >More
 Uneven tone mars Broom Street Theater's folk musical Minglewood Blues

Folk music usually sits well with me. When I read the press release for Broom Street Theater's new show Minglewood Blues, based on the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music, I thought, What a clever concept! >More
 Despite a big setback, Madison stages have plenty to offer for 2009-10 season

In the landscape of Madison's 2009-10 theater season, there is one glaring gap: no Madison Rep. But theater audiences of all stripes still have plenty of choices for a night out. While it's virtually impossible to list every upcoming show -- and schedules are bound to change somewhat -- here's a look at some highlights of what the next theater season has to offer. >More
 Tearoom Tango is headed for New York

Playwright Douglas Holtz isn't sure how to describe Tearoom Tango. The Mercury Players Theatre production returns to the stage Friday for four shows at the Bartell Theatre before a run later this month at New York City's International Fringe Festival. The play is part comedy, part drama -- funny and at the same time very dark, he says. Maybe the best way to describe it is "raw." >More
 Torture, abduction and Bette Davis in debut season of Forward Theater Company

Madison's newest theater group, Forward Theater Company, has announced its 2009-10 season schedule, only four months after the company's formation. >More
 Sweet-Cannoli Nuptials is amplified chaos

Sweet-Cannoli Nuptials is back for its sixth year of what some folks might call immersive theater. While the audience is part of the show, I'd like to offer a more accurate description: Sweet-Cannoli Nuptials is theater on massive amounts of cocaine. >More
 James DeVita shines in APT's smart In Acting Shakespeare

In Acting Shakespeare is James DeVita's adaptation of Acting Shakespeare, a one-man show by Ian McKellen. American Players Theatre's DeVita isn't quite Sir Ian -- a luminary of both high and pop culture -- but he's as close to the mark as most of us mere mortals have any right to expect. >More
 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
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