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THEATER

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
 Brain candy

With Misalliance , American Players Theatre proves that George Bernard Shaw's brand of social satire still has teeth. >More
 Love gone wrong

With Spring Green's American Players Theatre back in swing, it must truly be summer. During last Saturday's opening night of Much Ado About Nothing, the weather was sultry, the foliage was lush and love was in the air - or at least on stage - in Shakespeare's comedy of romance, dueling wits and deception. >More
 The man with the plan

When you talk to David Frank about theater these days, some surprising names creep into the conversation: Eugene O'Neill, Athol Fugard, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet. >More
 Silent night, deadly night

Playwright Paula Vogel, whose How I Learned to Drive won a Pulitzer Prize, is known for her take on incendiary issues. Christmas Ride is no exception. Billed as a puppet show for adults, it's about gays, lesbians, AIDS, adultery and other facts of contemporary life: a good fit for the non-mainstream Mercury Players Theatre. >More
 The witty ditty

In keeping with the origin of these tunes, the Bartell Theatre's Drury stage has been transformed into an authentic Wisconsin tavern with a fully stocked bar for the run of Tom Foolery, a musical revue of Lehrer's sardonic songs. >More
 It's curtains for you

This summer, if you are seeking something fresh and locally grown, the Farmers' Market isn't the only place to turn. UW-Madison's Continuing Studies in Theatre, University Theatre, and the Madison Repertory Theatre are joining forces to produce the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project, designed to foster the development of original works by Wisconsin playwrights. >More
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