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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
 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
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