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Madison Repertory Theatre announces most of 2008-09 season

The Madison Repertory Theatre has released a sneak preview of its 2008-09 season. The season opener has not yet been chosen, but the Rep has revealed the names of six other productions. >More
 A tart fleeces an old man in University Opera's Don Pasquale

The University Opera took us to the Roaring Twenties in Friday's performance of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale at UW Music Hall. The Italian comic opera was a sensation at its premiere in 1843 and has had favorable runs ever since. >More
 Strollers Theatre to shut down

Madison theater continues to be rocked by controversy and resignations. On Feb. 19, Lee Ann Cooper resigned as managing director of the Bartell Community Theatre. That same day Strollers Theatre, which she and her husband, Leo, led for decades, announced it would leave the Bartell after its production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which closes April 5. Strollers is shutting down, at least temporarily. >More
 Leo and Lee Ann Cooper comment on the end of an era for Strollers Theatre

The Strollers board unanimously agreed to take this hiatus not because we are short of actors or directors or money but because it is very difficult to find people to produce shows and do the day-to-day running of the Strollers Theatre for no money. >More
 Strollers Theatre pulls out of the Bartell Community Theatre

On Feb. 19, Lee Ann Cooper resigned as managing director of the Bartell Community Theatre. That same day Strollers Theatre, which she and her husband, Leo, led for decades, announced it would leave the Bartell after its production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which closes April 5. Strollers is shutting down, at least temporarily. >More
 The Quiltmaker's Gift at the Bartell has a lesson for everyone

The production of The Quiltmaker's Gift at the Bartell Theatre by the Madison Creative Arts Program, or MadCAP, is a simple show that comes off as a simple show should: a little rough around the edges, but full of heart. This musical was directed by Paul Milisch and Kjerstie Johanson and is based on Jeff Brumbeau's children's book by the same name. >More
 Tom Wopat: Home boy

Tom Wopat is racking up the frequent-flyer miles. The Tony-nominated Broadway star and television idol from The Dukes of Hazzard was rehearsing in Madison last week for Four Seasons Theatre's Follies at the Wisconsin Union Theater. He was in transit to New York when we spoke on the phone, and he relayed some of his busy schedule. >More
 Minute-by-minute at Blitz Smackdown 2008

Every year, Mercury Players Theatre throws a theater festival that it calls Blitz. Contrary to what you might think, the event has less to do with drinking yourself into oblivion or London circa 1940 and more to do with seeing the birth, life and spectacular death of a handful of stage plays, all in the span of just 24 hours. These festivals are hectic but friendly affairs, with everyone in it for love of the craft and the company. Still, from this chummy atmosphere there rose the specter of the great beast Competition, and so the Blitz Smackdown was born. >More
 Looking for Normal: He or she

According to the ghostly grandmother in Jane Anderson's serio-comic Looking for Normal, "People would rather be shocked than enlightened." Anderson's script may not live up to either expectation, but StageQ's heartfelt production provides enough love to compensate. >More
 Trouble at the Bartell

Strollers Theatre performed Noises Off at the Bartell Theatre on Jan. 31. Afterwards, producer Leo Cooper complained to director Jewell Fitzgerald so loudly backstage that it disrupted a Mercury Players Theatre performance also being held in the Bartell. Then all hell broke loose in local community theater. >More
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