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You Will Remember Their Names

07/22/14

You Will Remember Their Names

Fueled by an electric chemistry between its leads, MTM's 'Bonnie & Clyde' shows us the human side of the historic gangsters

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MTM's Gangsters at Large

07/15/14

MTM's Gangsters at Large

MTM's strategy of having the stars of 'Bonnie & Clyde' pop up in popular Madison locations works like a perfect heist

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5 Takeaways from the 2014 Barties

07/15/14

5 Takeaways from the 2014 Barties

Slick production and a more serious, wide-ranging set of awards categories equals a night of wild fun for Madison's community theater crew

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Stage Right/Stage Wrong: Melisa Pereyra's Tale of Two Romeo and Juliets

07/10/14

Stage Right/Stage Wrong: Melisa Pereyra's Tale of Two Romeo and Juliets

The heavens christen her APT debut, and a fellow actor nearly makes her bust a gut

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It's the Heart, Not the Funnybone, in APT's 'Much Ado'

07/07/14

It's the Heart, Not the Funnybone, in APT's 'Much Ado'

There's more at stake than usual between Beatrice and Benedick in David Frank's production of the Bard's signature comedy

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Sarah Day Plumbs Joan Didion's Grief in APT's 'The Year of Magical Thinking'

07/02/14

Sarah Day Plumbs Joan Didion's Grief in APT's 'The Year of Magical Thinking'

APT's latest is stark, intimate and effective—especially if you're a parent

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APT's 'American Buffalo' Is a Tale of Sound and Fury

07/01/14

APT's 'American Buffalo' Is a Tale of Sound and Fury

James Ridge's taut performance as Teach brings Mamet's underdog tale to grimy life

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APT Brings the A-List to 'Earnest'

06/30/14

APT Brings the A-List to 'Earnest'

A strong cast combines with a strong play for a night of hysterically witty comedy

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Stage Right/Stage Wrong: APT's Matt Schwader Rolls with the Noise

06/25/14

Stage Right/Stage Wrong: APT's Matt Schwader Rolls with the Noise

The actor's had beautiful and bumpy moments on stage

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Exit Interview: Mercury Players' Bonnie Balke Contemplates the Big 2-0

06/18/14

Exit Interview: Mercury Players' Bonnie Balke Contemplates the Big 2-0

'Xanadu' made a king-sized impression, but 'Skin Tight' could have used more pub

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About This Blog

Once upon a time—okay, it was the mid-'80s—a boy saw a performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the annual summer Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, and a spark was ignited. Decades later, that spark’s only grown stronger, burning brightly every time the lights go up and the actors begin to tread the stage.

I’ve spent a long time—okay, more than 15 years—watching and writing about Madison’s theater scene. Now, more than ever, it’s clear our bustling burgh is packed with vibrant theater companies doing important, cutting-edge work, whether it’s original and daring content, stunning musicals or thought-provoking stagings of modern and classic plays. Stage Write is a place where we’ll talk about those plays and the people who make them happen, maybe look behind the curtain a little and gain some new perspective on how and why it all comes together. Theater has the power to transform, to educate, to show us who we are and where we’re going in a way no other medium can. Hey, look: The curtain’s rising.

– Aaron R. Conklin
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