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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
 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
 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
 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
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