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Rage is channeled into murder in the musical Assassins by Four Seasons Theatre

Four Seasons Theatre has opened its 10th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. The musical is dark, rich and intimate, played out on a set that resembles both a three-ring circus and the gallows. >More
 Amy Marshall's giant leap

When Children's Theater of Madison set out to find its first managing director, the search committee cast the net far and wide. Artistic director Roseann Sheridan had overseen the creative direction and financial management of the company since she began her job there in 2007. But CTM has big plans for the future. >More
 Critic turned artist Kent Williams finds his calling as a quilter and digital printmaker

Madison's Kent Williams spent two decades as a quilter, but he's also a talented printmaker, as his mind-bending new work at the Central Library shows. >More
 Forward Theater Company initiates a community conversation about violence with From Up Here

From Up Here, the new show by Forward Theater Company, tackles numerous aspects of school violence, from bullying to shootings to the mental health problems underlying these tragic incidents. The play, written by Liz Flahive and performed through Nov. 23 at Overture Center's Playhouse, tells the story of a community affected by one boy's threat of violence. >More
 Charmed by Madison's arts scene, Broadway star Karen Olivo jilts New York

The windows are open in a house on Madison's west side. They frame a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. Then out of nowhere comes the vocal wallop of the Tony Award-winning singer and actress. This isn't a show tunes album or a Broadway broadcast on the radio. It's a live performance by Karen Olivo, a Broadway star who recently moved to Madison from New York City. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Theater and dance

When copious amounts of television are making you feel like a zombie, trekking to Spring Green's American Players Theatre for a classical Greek tragedy is the perfect remedy. High-art performances can engage your brain in restorative ways, and seeing them onstage has a visceral impact most TV shows can't replicate. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Show tunes

Some show tunes are so good that they stand on their own in concert. Here are five chances to hear live renditions of Broadway hits and other goodies from now through the start of winter. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Picks for pint-size playgoers

Madison has an abundance of excellent theater, including grownup shows you can take the little ones to. But some of the best productions all season are geared toward the 18-and-younger set. From giant peaches to dancing frogs and lively holiday fare, these productions should be stellar choices for your littlest theater fans this fall. >More
 Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Welcome back, Wisconsin Union Theater

Wisconsin Union Theater's recently finished facelift took more than two years, but now the university's Langdon Street theater is back, complete with a spruced-up Play Circle and spiffy Shannon Hall, which has better lighting, acoustics and seating than the old main room. Here are a few of the most exciting music events coming to these two spaces this fall. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre's Kiss Me, Kate is a joyful homage to Wisconsin Union Theater's first production

I'm always impressed with the crowd at Four Seasons Theatre productions. Friday night, every seat was taken at Wisconsin Union Theater, where the local troupe presented Kiss Me, Kate. It's the first theater production at the remodeled venue, which is about to celebrate its 75th year. >More
 Fermat's Last Theater Company sets a genderqueer Troilus and Cressida in a circus ring

War is a circus. So says Fermat's Last Theater Company in its production of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, which is set in a circus ring. The play -- part comedy, part tragedy, part historical drama -- is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known pieces. >More
 New mural by José Guadalupe Ríos Córdoba will illustrate Madison's human-rights milestones

What does Madison's soul look like? Mexican muralist José Guadalupe Ríos Córdoba has been asking himself this question since arriving in town last month from Madison's Mexican sister city, Tepatitlán. As part of an international artist exchange, he will soon begin working on a mural for the Madison Municipal Building. >More
 Baltimore artist Michael Owen funnels Willy Street's inclusive spirit into a mural for Plan B

Willy Street is getting a lot more love-ly this week. Baltimore artist Michael Owen is in town to create one of two new murals for Plan B, the LGBT nightclub on the 900 block. The work will consist of the word "love" spelled out in bold, graphic sign language on one side of the building. >More
 Art meets anthropology at Gallery 99

It was a wintry January night, and Lakeview Bakery & Deli was packed. People were there for bread, but not the kind traditionally sold at the Wilson Street shop. They came for an art show called Baked: Bread Sculptures on the Rise, produced and presented by Gallery 99, a pop-up gallery that organizes art shows around town. >More
 War Horse's puppeteers deliver a powerful message about love and conflict at Overture Center

War Horse rode into Overture Hall last night for its Madison premiere. The play, which runs through June 15, came before the 2011 Steven Spielberg movie of the same name, but both are based on a children's novel by Michael Morpurgo. The page is still ghostly present, providing both a literal and figurative backdrop for the story. >More
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