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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
 University Theatre gets experimental in An Evening with Poe

University Theatre is taking a "Nightmare Before Christmas" approach to holiday programming this year with An Evening with Poe (through Dec. 8 at Vilas Hall's Hemsley Theatre). >More
 TAPIT/New Works joins Ohio's New World Performance Lab for an unusual apocalypse tale

Add zombies to a tale about the apocalypse, and you're bound to attract an eager audience. But what happens if you add some classic Greek tragedy to the mix? TAPIT/New Works Ensemble Theater will reveal the answer at Edgewood College on Dec. 6 and 7. >More
 Mercury Players celebrates a Madison-born playwright's legacy with Thornton Wilder & Companions

When I went to the Bartell for Thornton Wilder & Companions by Mercury Players Theatre, I overheard the man sitting next to me say, "I love coming to Mercury's shows. They're always...weird." This is a surprisingly apt description of the evening of nine short plays (through Nov. 23). >More
 Forward Theater Company's Sons of the Prophet explores how two siblings make sense of physical and emotional pain

Some plays have an unfortunate tendency to package life a little too neatly: set-up, conflict, tidy resolution. No one can accuse Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama and the kickoff to the fifth season at Forward Theater Company (through Nov. 24), of such a sin. >More
 In University Theatre's Summer and Smoke, a minister's daughter and a libertine doctor explore the body-soul divide

I caught the University Theatre production of Summer and Smoke on a wintry night. A small audience occupied the center section of the UW's Mitchell Theatre, a mix of students and older folks perhaps looking to escape the cold with some Tennessee Williams. >More
 Sparks fly in 18th-century France in American Players Theatre's Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Beneath chandeliers draped in jewels, in the intimate Touchstone Theatre, plays out what is likely the steamiest production American Players Theatre has ever done: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (through Nov. 24). >More
 American Players Theatre unveils 2014 season filled with Shakespeare, Stoppard and Shaw

American Players Theatre, the Shakespeare-focused troupe in Spring Green, has announced the lineup of its 35th season, which kicks of on June 7, 2014. >More
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