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Love Is in the Air at Strollers Theatre for Valentine's

Love Is in the Air by Strollers Theatre is a perfect production for anyone who's in love. It's also a perfect production for anyone who's looking for love. >More
 Laugh and listen to I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change by MATC Performing Arts

A cast of talented singers and ambitious actors perform a refreshed take on this musical revue about the ups and downs of love. Like love itself, the show has its highs and lows, but overall is a well-done production that makes for an enjoyable night at the theater. >More
 Remembering the dearly departed in A Wake by Broom Street Theater

If weddings are notorious for bringing out weird family dynamics, then surely funerals are worse, given the gloomy circumstances. Broom Street Theater's production of Callen Harty's 2006 play, A Wake, explores the tensions in an Irish Catholic family living somewhere in Wisconsin. >More
 Madison Repertory Theatre pleads for emergency donations

The Madison Repertory Theatre needs money. A lot. And right now. On January 19, the nonprofit troupe released a statement pleading for "significant and immediate financial support from the Madison community." >More
 Strangers in the night at Madison Rep's Bus Stop

You could call Madison Repertory Theatre's new production of Bus Stop a revival of a revival. The Rep first staged this show, which was written in the mid-1950s, in 1980. Now, nearly thirty years later, the Rep is giving Bus Stop another ride. Of course, the question any revival begs is this: Is this play worth revisiting? Does it have lasting value? >More
 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
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