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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
 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
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