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Big Bird held hostage in Apartment 3A by Strollers Theatre

An apartment is a good symbol of the transient nature of existence: People pass through, each leaving their mark, each experiencing their own sense of belonging or loneliness, each providing a single link in the much longer chain of life. In the Strollers Theatre production of Apartment 3A, we have an opportunity to examine one such link whose present appears to be inextricably forged with the past. >More
 Sarah Palin, flesh-colored undies in Andrew Rohn and Catherine Capellaro's Blasphemy!

Bishop Robert Morlino got off to a rocky start in his new city when he wrote that Madison had "a high comfort level with virtually no public morality." In part, he was reacting to a 2004 StageQ production of Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi, which depicts a gay Jesus. Artistic liberties, it seems, can only stretch so far when religion is involved. >More
 Public television gone rogue in Apartment 3A

Kamal Marayati is a veteran of many television programs, including Desperate Housewives, Law & Order and 7th Heaven. Now he's making his Madison premiere in Strollers Theatre's production of Apartment 3A. Why would a Los Angeles Screen Actors Guild performer appear in rinkydink amateur theater? >More
 All-singing, all-profaning: Bartell's companies join in Blasphemy

If you're sick of seasonal sugarplums, a little blasphemy might be in order. Blasphemy: The Unholy Trinity of Musicals opens as a fundraiser for the Bartell Community Theatre on Friday, Jan. 9. The production was written by Catherine Capellaro and Andrew Rohn, whose Walmartopia ran off-Broadway for four months in 2007 after being launched at the Bartell. >More
 Blasphemy! strikes Madison: Walmartopia creators discuss new disco opera

Religion has always been a central element of American political strife, with the excesses and calumnies of Christian fundamentalism providing a broad and sustained target for satire by believers and nonbelievers alike. Playwrights Catherine Capellaro and Andrew Rohn flout the latest manias and offer up laughs with Blasphemy, their new "wicked trio of musical comedies that takes aim at creationists, George W. Bush, Rapture Christians, and intolerance of all stripes." >More
 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
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