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Music Theatre of Madison's Nevermore offers a glimpse into Edgar Allan Poe's tortured mind

The phrase "Once upon a midnight dreary" immediately conjures up images of darkness and despair. This famous opening line to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" draws readers into the poet's melancholy world. Music Theatre of Madison's production of Nevermore (through June 1 at the Bartell Theatre) offers a glimpse into Poe's tortured mind by depicting his relationships with women. >More
 Broom Street Theater's Orphan Train is a tender tale of kids struggling to survive on the brink of the 20th century

In the late 1800s, before there was foster care, orphans were thrown into jail or locked away in "educational asylums." Some remained hopelessly entangled in crime and low-wage jobs. Others headed west in search of opportunity. Broom Street Theater's Orphan Train (through May 18) offers a tender portrayal of New York City children who hopped a westbound train, hoping for a better life. >More
 UW's Tandem Press to relocate twice

After spending over 25 years putting down roots in a state-owned building on South Dickinson Street, the UW's Tandem Press received word that its digs were being sold. This was a few months ago, which meant moving approximately 8,000 prints in a very short time period. >More
 University Theatre's Wondrous Tales of Old Japan II offers a glimpse into the Japanese kabuki tradition

University Theatre's annual Theatre for Youth production, Wondrous Tales of Old Japan II (through April 13 at UW Vilas Hall's Hemsley Theatre), illustrates the emotional power of storytelling by weaving together colorful tales old-world Japan. >More
 Dance Wisconsin's Coppélia is a spirited revival of a French classic

If movement contains a dance performance's message, Dance Wisconsin's production of Coppélia (through March 24 at Madison College's Mitby Theater) communicates the joy of youth. This comedic French ballet inspires many shades of of delight as exuberant dance and clever pantomime converge. >More
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