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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
 Paper trail

Since completing her MFA at UW-Madison in 1977, versatile artist Jane Hammond has risen to international acclaim, garnered endowments and grants, and seen her work displayed in many of the world's most prestigious museums. >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
 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
 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
 Hell to pay

Penned by Renaissance playwright Christopher Marlowe more than 400 years ago, Doctor Faustus tells the tale of a greedy scholar who consigns his soul to hell in exchange for 24 years of debauchery and power on earth. >More
 Musical cheers

Never a troupe to follow the beaten path, Mercury Players Theatre combines the brand-spanking-new and the almost-new in its current production. >More
 StageQ events in March

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 StageQ changes the world

As Madison's only self-identified queer theater company, StageQ has the potential for tremendous impact on the community ' a fact of which Ayres is acutely aware. With an entire adult life devoted to socially conscious cultural events, including WORT broadcasts and feminist dances, Ayres knows how vital the arts scene is to Madison. >More
 I've got a secret

The praise heaped on Madison actress Carrie Coon over the past year has been so lavish (some have compared her to Vanessa Redgrave) it naturally inspires a bit of skepticism. But Coon's turn in the title role of Madison Repertory Theatre's Anna Christie should put any doubts to rest. >More
 Family sing-along

Before Rent, before Angels in America, there was the 1992 Tony-winner Falsettos, the Broadway hit that broke new ground with its honest depiction of homosexual romance, family relationships, and the advance of AIDS. StageQ's 'concert production' (running through Feb. 3 at the Bartell Theatre), like Falsettos itself, contains moments of struggle and of powerful beauty. >More
 Hidden Treasures

Besides the many treasures currently on display, Madison is home to a host of valuable artworks that are not always on view. >More
 Most valuable paintings

Our society is conflicted about the value of art. When we try to assign monetary value to visual art, these mixed feelings become glaringly evident. Weighing an artwork's cultural importance, fame, esthetic qualities, rarity and condition is a complicated and subjective business. >More
 Do-it-yourself detective

WhoopDeDoo Productions' Homicide for the Holidays (running through Jan. 25 at the West Side Club) is a cheerful whodunit complemented by karaoke and carrot cake. >More
 Saving Scrooge

The tale that unfolds is far darker than the original, with damnation, regret and death setting the tone. However, director Tony Trout's light touch balances weighty themes with penetrating wit, and four of Madison's finest character actors enliven the most somber moments. >More
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