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THEATER

Our time and place

To some, theater is becoming the last reserve of "family entertainment" in the worst sense of the word. People flock to productions of You Can't Take It With You or Harvey because they are little time-machine cocoons where the nasty influences of the 21st century won't intrude. They're not avoiding corrupt-to-the-core politicians or impending environmental disasters, mind you. They mostly are fleeing sex, violence or the f-word. >More
 Where's the money?

Madison Theatre Guild is in crisis, as Isthmus reported on July 20. Since then, additional concerns have surfaced over the troupe's management. The nonprofit now faces questions from inside over possible missing funds. >More
 Be our guest

I'm phobic about interacting with actors during a performance, so bravery was required for me to attend WhoopDeDoo Productions' Sweet-Cannoli Nuptials. It's Madison's take on a Tony 'n Tina-style faux wedding. >More
 They will survive

I have no problem with chick-lit, chick-flicks and what seems to be a growing trend of chick-musicals. I've heard that Menopause the Musical is a fun show, and the commercials for Girls Night: The Musical gave me the impression that I'd be in for a night of uproarious comedy, sassy girl talk and dancing in the aisles. But I found the opening-night performance to be too much (plot) and not enough (laughs). >More
 The WiSUC Project makes dinner awkward and hilarious

In the unwritten rulebook for polite dinner conversations, the topics of politics, religion and sex are strictly forbidden. Bringing up any one of these can be a recipe for disaster, especially if you're, say, trying to impress future in-laws or your boss. All such propriety was thrown to the wind Tuesday night at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 A tragedy in the making

Madison's oldest theater company is in crisis. Next week Madison Theatre Guild may be kicked out of the shared venue it helped found, the Bartell Community Theatre. The company faces crippling debt; its nonprofit status is at risk; it's in organizational disarray; it's operating in violation of state and federal law and its own bylaws. It is extremely late in announcing its fall season or even contracting for stage space. >More
 Rest in peace

Madison Repertory Theatre makes a foray into the realm of musical theater this summer, and in signature style, the company refuses to aim low. The Rep takes on Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, often called the greatest American musical of all. >More
 Have mercy

Rather than make light of the brutal treatment Shylock receives at the hands of his "Christian" adversaries, director James Bohnen confronts this ugliness head on, tempering the play's romantic comedy with poignant questions about mercy and justice. >More
 Happiness is a '60s Peanuts musical

Good grief! It's Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in a delightful musical at Vilas Hall's Helmsley Theatre. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown reminds us why we don't outgrow some things. Charlie Brown is University Theatre's summer cabaret-style production - and that means lemonade and refills on the popcorn. >More
 Girls' night out

Somewhere between Sex and the City and Cheers (and slightly to the left of David Mamet's oeuvre) one might find Megan McGlone's Why We Come Here , an episodic, dialogue-driven comedy now premiering at Broom Street Theater. >More
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