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Children's Theater of Madison creates lovely moments in Degas' Little Dancer

What strikes me about Children's Theater of Madison's production of Degas' Little Dancer, which I saw Saturday afternoon at Overture Center's Playhouse, is exactly what I've come to appreciate about the company's productions in general: the wonderful interplay between the adult and child actors and director Roseann Sheridan's ability to elicit natural performances from her young cast members. >More
 Madison Opera stages funny, thought-provoking Così fan tutte by Mozart

Madison Opera's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte ("All women are like that"), was a musical feast and a visual delight, ideally fitted to Overture Center's Capitol Theater. The performances last Friday and Sunday were shared with the Sarasota Opera, typical of today's company collaborations. >More
 American Players Theatre to the rescue of Madison Rep subscribers

"APT was deeply saddened by the loss of the Madison Rep, and we are glad to do what we can to help soften the blow a little," APT's producing artistic director, David Frank, said in a press release. >More
 Commendable effort in StageQ and Mercury Players' Cloud 9

One of the characters in Caryl Churchill's blistering satire Cloud 9 says, "What we spent our adolescence thinking was an animal urge we had to suppress is, in fact, a fine art we have to acquire." He's talking about sex, but he could just as easily be describing the conflicts at the root of all human behavior. >More
 Madison Repertory Theatre shuts down

For everyone interested in local theater, and for everyone worried about the health of local civic institutions, the news is awful. Madison Repertory Theatre, the 40-year-old professional company, is shutting down. >More
 Laboratory Theatre brings unfamiliar plays to the Bartell Theatre

The Bartell Theatre Foundation recently accepted Laboratory Theatre as a resident company. The troupe is new to Madison, but it has a track record in Chicago. Artistic director Michele Good describes its niche as "educational theater, but not specifically for children." >More
 Madison Repertory Theatre leaves Overture for 2009-10 season

Madison Repertory Theatre will not be performing at the Overture Center for the Arts next season. The deadline for reserving performance space for the 2009-10 season was Sunday, March 1. The financially troubled theater company did not reserve space, and it is now too late for it to schedule a season. >More
 Mercury Players and StageQ team up on winning Vamp

If you've ever wished Madison theater offered more sweet-yet-edgy plays about the love lives of goth lesbian vampires or slightly unhinged slush-pile readers, you're in luck. Mercury Players Theatre and StageQ have teamed up to produce Ry Herman's comedy, Vamp. On a cold night when I didn't feel much like going out, Vamp won me over -- and I'm a tough nut to crack when it comes to comedies. >More
 The frank, funny Lost Track by Encore Studio

At a time when productions and seasons are getting cancelled, I'm glad that Encore Studio for the Performing Arts, Wisconsin's only theater company for individuals with disabilities, is presenting Lost Track at the Bartell Theater. >More
 Food and tunes meet on stage at the Cabaret Dinner Theater with David Burhnam

I'll be honest; musical theater kind of escapes me. It's the original emo, swinging wildly from "quiet as a whisper" to "bellowing from the rooftop." And so much gesticulating! From either the hands waving or the lung capacity being expelled, a fellow's likely to have his hair blown back. So it's with that background that I assure you that an evening of cabaret dinner theater at the Overture Center for the Arts entertained even me -- cynical, stick-in-the-mud me. >More
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