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Dork Side of the Moon: Nerds in space

I've never seen an episode of Star Trek. There, I've said it -- and I'm damn proud of it. So while I may be a nerd, I'm not a dork, at least in the sense of dorkitude that fills Broom Street Theater's new comedy, Dork Side of the Moon. >More
 Yellowman: Skin disease

An ambitious two-person play, Yellowman is about "colorism," a term defined as black-on-black discrimination based on skin shade -- or a form of intra-racial prejudice. >More
 Lombardi: Winning a squeaker

In the final scene of Eric Simonson's Lombardi/The Only Thing, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers delivers a speech in which he says: "It takes a special person to love someone who is imperfect." That is also true of Madison Repertory Theatre's production. There is much to love, but it is anything but perfect. >More
 Madison Rep immortalizes Packers coach with Lombardi/The Only Thing

In the mid-1980s, I was living in Phoenix, and through a series of quirky circumstances, I found myself sharing a cocktail with several members of the Packers organization. Some of them had worked with Lombardi in that golden era, and what they said about the late coach reminded me of Lord Acton's dictum that "Great men are rarely good men." Their assessments of Lombardi came as a shock to me, and as the stories were poured out with the drinks I learned more than I might have wanted to about the all-too-fallible Pope of Green Bay. >More

Vince Lombardi called it his "bread and butter." Paul Hornung called it "the best play in football." Bart Starr called it this way: "Fire, brown right, 49 sweep, zone blocking, on two." >More
 Uncle Vanya: All is lost

There's a very satisfying production of Uncle Vanya showing at the Bartell's Evjue Stage. Anton Chekhov's Vanya is director Tony Trout's favorite because "It's a Chekhov play where something really happens." Like those pistol shots that interrupt Chekhovian soliloquies about life's missed opportunities. >More
 The Complete History of America: Cram it

Henry Ford reportedly once said of history that it is "more or less bunk." He would have undoubtedly admired Madison Theatre Guild's production of The Complete History of America (abridged) for proving his point. >More
 American Players Theatre announces its 2008 season

For a second consecutive year, American Players Theatre is blazing new trails, at least for a company focusing on classical productions and is heralded for its presentations of Shakespeare. All five of the shows feature work by different playwrights, one of whom is female, a first in 29 years for the company based west of Madison. >More
 Bright lights, big city

According to Greek legend, Tantalus offended the gods by sharing their divine ambrosia with mere mortals. In retribution he was condemned to spend eternity tormented by luscious fruits dangling agonizingly out of the reach of his desperate fingertips. Watching the University Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's knockabout comedy On the Razzle is reminiscent of that ancient unfortunate's fate: the mouthwatering juiciness of the script is, in spite of their best efforts, tantalizingly beyond the grasp of the players. >More
 Passion times two

Sometimes the world makes it pretty hard to be yourself -- even if you're not, say, a wacky German monarch or a gay teen in 1940s Texas. But if you do happen to be Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, James Avery of Dainsville, or anyone else with a hankering for beauty and the rashness to act on impulse, life can be difficult indeed. >More
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