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Monty Python meets Broadway in Spamalot at Overture

You can't help but laugh at Spamalot. Even those of you whose Monty Python knowledge is a bit rusty will be moved by this touring musical comedy, which is, according to the playbill, "lovingly ripped off" from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Mimes doing the Macarena, bad French accents, fart jokes aplenty -- honestly, what's not to laugh about? >More
 Sex isn't too sexy in Broom Street Theater's Multiple O

The phrase "Sex is nice and pleasure is good for you" is repeated so many times during Broom Street Theater's production of Multiple O that it's hard to know if this is to reassure the performers or if it's to remind the audience how they're meant to feel. Either way, the mantra should be supplanted with the observation that "Sex is really kinda funny." >More
 The Nerd: Be my guest

These days, the word "nerd" conjures up images of a gently inept dork, someone who enjoys Dungeons & Dragons or tinkering with computers a little too much. But in Larry Shue's The Nerd, now playing at Madison Repertory Theatre, the misfit of the title is really more of a jerk. He's clueless about other people's feelings, wipes his nose with toilet paper found stuck on his shoe - and he just might stay at Willum Cubbert's tasteful home for good, if Willum doesn't take serious action. >More
 Encore Studio's Lost Track puts bipolar disorder in a new light

Encore Studio's mission statement promises to "communicate, through the performing arts, a challenging and authentic message about disability and culture." In Lost Track, which addresses bipolar disorder, the company lives up to this claim in every detail. The cast is diverse. The audience was diverse. And KelsyAnne Schoenhaar and Wendy Prosise's smart, sensitive and nuanced writing cultivates greater understanding of bipolarity and, perhaps more importantly, of society's reactions to it. >More
 A Streetcar Named Desire: Beauty vs. beast

A Streetcar Named Desire was given a 30-minute standing ovation at its 1947 Broadway premiere, and in the 60 years since that night, Tennessee Williams' masterpiece has been in constant production. "Stelllaaah!!" has passed into the cultural lexicon, and some of our best actors have left their fingerprints all over the major roles: Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Vivien Leigh. It's nearly impossible to get these ghosts off the stage, but University Theatre gives it a go. >More
 Madison Rep's Richard Corley had his work cut out for him

Madison Rep was always a step up. If I learned anything during my tenure as a theater critic here at Isthmus, which ended a couple of years ago, I learned to look forward to reviewing plays at Madison Repertory Theatre, whose artistic director, Richard Corley, is leaving after this season. >More
 Strollers Theatre starts over

Strollers Theatre is back. The reborn theater company will not close this spring, and it will continue to produce at the Bartell Community Theatre. >More
 Compleat Female Stage Beauty: Boys will be girls

Mercury Players Theatre's Compleat Female Stage Beauty is a comedy that looks at serious issues. In typical Mercury Players fashion, this show is sans taboos. Jeffrey Hatcher's R-rated script contains its fair share of fun innuendo, but the play's true value is found in its social commentary. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild finds heartbreak and hope in The Laramie Project

It's heartening to see the beleaguered Madison Theatre Guild returning to the Bartell Theatre in impressive form with The Laramie Project. The stirring play explores the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the openly gay University of Wyoming student who was kidnapped, robbed, severely beaten and left for dead tied to a fence post by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, two men he met in a local bar. >More
 Esperanza Rising: Hard labor

Esperanza Rising, presented by Children's Theater of Madison, is the story of a privileged Mexican girl who lives on her family's ranch. When bandits kill her father, she and her mother are left destitute. Next, fire destroys their house, and Esperanza's mother is forced to send her daughter with their former servants to a migrant labor camp in California. Through these experiences, Esperanza learns, as director Roseann Sheridan puts it, how to live up to the meaning of her name - "hope." >More
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