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Forward Theater Company's Red paints a vibrant portrait of artist Mark Rothko

A Mark Rothko painting isn't just a work of art. It's an event. With vibrant layers of color blocked in bold, rectangular shapes, Rothko's "multiforms" exude a radiant energy that many, including the artist himself, viewed as spiritual. Rothko is the protagonist in Red, the new Forward Theater Company production (through Feb. 2 at Overture Center's Playhouse). >More
 Cole Porter's brilliant tunes fire up the crowd at Madison Theatre Guild's Red, Hot, and Cole!

Imagine this: an invitation to Cole Porter's Paris apartment in the roaring '20s. The city is as fabulous as it will ever be, a veritable cocktail of music, poets, dancers and American celebrities. That's the intriguing setting for Red, Hot, and Cole! by Madison Theatre Guild. The production debuted at the Bartell on Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 25. >More
 Theatre LILA's No Child... examines public education's challenges

Theatre LILA, one of Madison's newest theater troupes, received a hearty Wisconsin welcome for its production of No Child... (through Jan. 11 at Overture Center's Promenade Hall). No Story Left Behind, a free program of short plays from the community, is also being staged at Overture Center on Jan. 11. >More
 Nick Schweitzer's Love and Trauma asks tough questions about domestic violence

Madison playwright Nick Schweitzer's new Love and Trauma explores what happens when psychological abuse and violence are an ongoing part of a love affair. He also takes a look at what happens when the victim strikes back. Wilder Theater stages the play at the Bartell Theatre Jan. 10-12. >More
 American Players Theatre adds a modern translation of Euripedes' Alcestis to its 2014 lineup

With the new year comes a new addition to the 2014 season calendar for Spring Green's American Players Theatre, plus a new title for associate artistic director Brenda DeVita. Producing artistic director David Frank retires later this year, and DeVita, a 20-year APT veteran, officially assumed the role of artistic director on Jan. 1. Frank is slated to helm the just-announced production: Euripides' Alcestis, translated by former British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. >More
 Theatre LILA takes a unique approach in its first Madison production

A dozen strangers, including students and teachers, lie on the cold wood floor of Madison Opera's rehearsal hall. Their bare feet are smudged with dirt after running around a makeshift stage for two hours. Their eyes are closed, and their chests rise and fall quickly. They have just performed an impromptu dance piece. >More
 New adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Children's Theater of Madison stages the familiar tale with fresh spirit

Children's Theater of Madison stages A Christmas Carol in Overture Center's Capitol Theater through Dec. 23, offering an original spin on the classic morality story, one that strikes a wonderful balance between tradition and innovation. >More
 Guys on Ice hooks audiences with its heartwarming depiction of Wisconsin fishermen

I've always wondered what goes on in those little, lit-up fishing shacks on frozen lakes. Ice fishing is an intrinsic part of Wisconsin culture, particularly for the men who wake up before dawn to trek over slick ice for a long day of watching tip-ups. Guys on Ice, a Wisconsin-made musical coming to the Barrymore this week, gives theatergoers a peek inside this phenomenon. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre's splendid singing elevates The Fantasticks' tale of young lovers and meddling fathers

I first encountered The Fantasticks when I was a teenager. Listening to the cast recording over and over, I was charmed and a touch confused. It was so different from the other musicals I knew: dreamlike and a little strange. The excellent production by Four Seasons Theatre (through Dec. 22 at Overture Center's Playhouse) would have met the approval of 16-year-old me. And on opening night, the 30-something me was pleased, too. >More
 StageQ's Scrooge in Rouge is a sidesplitting sendup of Dickens' holiday classic

It wouldn't be the holidays if there weren't a few disasters. But even if your fruitcake burns to a crisp in the oven, your Christmas tree falls over, and your presents are lost by the post office, you're probably going to have a better day than the actors portrayed in Scrooge in Rouge, a cross-dressing sendup of the Dickens classic by StageQ (through Dec. 21 at the Bartell Theatre). >More
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