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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
 Broom Street Theater explores the challenges of chronic disease in The Sweet Lowdown and Two Diabetics

November is American Diabetes Month, and Broom Street Theater is doing its part to spread the word about the disease. Through Nov. 16, the troupe brings two diabetes-themed plays to the stage: The Sweet Lowdown and Two Diabetics. >More
 In The Woman in Black, Strollers and OUT!Cast Theatre bring a ghost story to life with brilliant acting

What could be better on the first brisk night of fall -- and under a full moon at that -- than to head to the Bartell Theatre for a spellbinding production of The Woman in Black? Described as a "ghost play," it is known as one of the longest-running non-musicals in West End history. Strollers Theatre and OUT!Cast Theatre chose it well, just in time for Halloween. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison stages a magical, musical Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley sees everything in an extraordinary light. Although the plucky orphan girl with bright red braids comes to Avonlea by mistake, she embraces the wonderful possibilities of her new life by bursting into song, charming her new family and embarking on many adventures. >More
 University Theatre's Dancing at Lughnasa visits an Irish clan on the brink of colossal changes

"I know I had a sense of unease, some awareness of a widening breach between what seemed to be and what was, of things changing too quickly." So begins Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, with the story's narrator, Michael (Daniel Millhouse), introducing us to his eccentric family members and the home they all shared in the rural Irish town of Ballybeg in the summer of 1936. >More
 Chicago presents a tuneful indictment of sensationalism at Overture Center

Overture Center kicked off its Broadway Series with a solid and sexy production of Chicago (through Oct. 6), the glitzy celebration of media frenzies, sensational trials, and the public's insatiable appetite for tawdry crime. As the well-connected Matron "Mama" Morton remarks astutely in the first act of the award-winning musical, "Murder is a form of entertainment." >More
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