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Lessons for kids in Children's Theater of Madison's A Christmas Carol

You don't just see and hear this production, you literally smell it as special-effects smoke wafts out over the audience when Jacob Marley's spirit appears via the fireplace of Ebenezer Scrooge, that miser par excellence. From sets to costumes to lighting, this is not a production that seems Scrooge-like or cheap in any regard. >More
 Robert Spencer takes a bow in A Christmas Carol by CTM

Ebenezer Scrooge answers the phone not with exclamations of bah! or humbug! but with a civil "Hello?" Scrooge, in this case, is Robert Spencer, the veteran stage actor cast as the misanthropic miser in the Children's Theater of Madison production of A Christmas Carol. >More
 Trevin Gay is new producing artistic director at Madison Rep

At the end of a convulsive year that has seen the sacking of artistic director Richard Corley and layoffs for nearly half the staff, Madison Repertory Theatre has a new boss. Trevin Gay, 34, who succeeded Corley as acting artistic director, will take on the newly created role of producing artistic director. >More
 StaqeQ's A Queer Carol updates a holiday classic

Scrooge and Marley were lovers. The Ghost of Christmas Present is a drag queen. And Tiny Tim's illness turns out to be AIDS? >More
 Laugh and cry with Over the River and Through the Woods by the Madison Theatre Guild

The Madison Theatre Guild describes its new production Over the River and Through the Woods as a "heart-warming comic alternative for the holiday season." So when I found my seat at the full, warm Evjue Stage at the Bartell Theatre on Friday night, I started to scrutinize the set for some sign of the holidays. >More
 Madison community theater people are in it for love

"Community theater" can be a loaded term. Some hear in those words positive connotations of being rooted in one's community. Others hear a patronizing term that calls to mind amateurish work. >More
 The Greeks: Madison Rep and UW theater department join forces

What is not in doubt is the impact that the myths that grew out of the Trojan legacy have had on succeeding generations. >More
 Broom Street artistic director Callen Harty suffers heart attack

Friday's opening performance of Broom Street Theater's Dancing With My Other ended with an ambulance. Callen Harty, Broom Street's artistic director and father of the show's director, suffered a heart attack. >More
 Letters Home at Overture shows war's human face

When Shakespeare spun his tales of real wars, he wrote about kings, princes and rogues and the complex shifting of allegiances between them. Today, war is no less common or brutal, but it is different. When Bill Massolia saw the HBO documentary Last Letters Home, he saw a different side of war, but one that was no less about classic Shakepearean concerns. >More
 Strangers meet in Exchange at Café Mimosa by Mercury Players Theatre

Mercury Players Theatre's Exchange at Café Mimosa opened on Halloween, which was fitting for such a surreal show. The audience was dotted with costumed revelers, an omen that something unusual was about to unfold. With a devil, angel and Carmen Miranda in the audience, you can't help but expect something wild to happen on stage. >More
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