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THEATER

The Lieutenant of Inishmore: There will be blood

Mutilated cats, blinded cows, a man's nose fed to his cocker spaniel; brace yourself. You might find PETA picketing the Bartell Theatre. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh's boisterous send-up of feckless Irish terrorists and soppy Irish sentimentality, is an uninterrupted 85 minutes of bloody black comedy. Outrageous, but very funny. >More
 Pulp: Hot lesbian action

Crushes, skeet shooting, drag performances, lesbian comedy and music abound in StageQ's production of Pulp. This musical satire of 1950s lesbian novels shows what happens when Terry Logan (Sue Carnell), a former pilot in the WACs, hotfoots it to Chicago in 1956 to work at a lesbian bar called the Well. The production is most fun when director Tara Ayres' cast surrenders to the play's arch campiness, making lifted eyebrows, double entendres and puns work. But it gets a little dull during long stretches where it's played (pardon the expression) straight. >More
 Wisconsin Union Theater serves up a feast in 2008-09

The Wisconsin Union Theater has planned an impressive smörgsbord for the 2008-09 season. The season is divided into several series, each with its own highlights. >More
 Broom Street Theater goes over the top in Leprechaun

Playwright and director Callen Harty throws a lot at us in Broom Street Theater's Leprechaun, which follows an American couple touring Ireland in celebration of their first anniversary. Some of it is crazy fun, but some of it is crazy annoying. At points during the performance I had to shut my eyes for a few seconds to steal a little peace and quiet. >More
 Strollers Theatre kills for fun in The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Mutilated cats, blinded cows, a man's nose fed to his cocker spaniel; brace yourself. You might find PETA picketing the Bartell. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh's boisterous send-up of feckless Irish terrorists and soppy Irish sentimentality, is an uninterrupted 85 minutes of bloody black comedy. Outrageous, but very funny. >More
 Permanent Collection: When art attacks

Is there a subject that vexes the American social and political spirit more than race? Is there any aspect of American culture that has not been affected by that seemingly intractable issue? And is there any dialogue that does not exacerbate the situation, even as it attempts to mollify it? These are some of the contentious questions addressed in the Madison Repertory Theatre's Permanent Collection, by Philadelphia playwright Thomas Gibbons. >More
 Hot lesbian action in StageQ's Pulp

Crushes, skeet shooting, drag performances, lesbian comedy and music abound in the StageQ production of Pulp. This musical satire of 1950s lesbian novels shows what happens when Terry Logan (Sue Carnell), a former pilot in the WACs, hotfoots it to Chicago in 1956 to work at a lesbian bar called the Well. >More
 My Name Is Rachel Corrie brings activist's words to life in Madison

My Name Is Rachel Corrie is Rachel's story, told almost completely in words taken from these emails and her journals. The show first opened to sold-out audiences in London in April 2005. Its New York premiere in 2006 was cancelled due to outside pressure and what some suggested was flat-out censorship. After a successful off-Broadway run, My Name Is Rachel Corrie has been performed all over the world. And now, this one-woman show about an extraordinary young activist, writer, and dreamer comes to Madison for a short run. >More
 Strollers Theatre returns to Bartell after a rollercoaster month

Strollers Theatre is back. The reborn theater company will not close this spring and it will continue to produce at the Bartell Community Theatre. The company announced in an official statement Thursday: "Recent news articles indicating that Strollers Theatre Ltd. was on hiatus have been superseded by a transition plan and interim board of directors to replace those who have retired and resigned." >More
 The Bluest Eye: Skin deep

Beauty, according to the maxim, is in the eye of the beholder. University Theatre pushes that casual aphorism to its limit in its moving production of The Bluest Eye, proving that beauty, as much as ugliness, is truly in the soul. >More
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