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APT's YouTube Reminds Us "You Have to Wait Until Summer"

04/03/14

APT's YouTube Reminds Us "You Have to Wait Until Summer"

APT's newest promo ad on YouTube is the company's latest laugher

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The Possibilities Are Endless in 'OR,'

04/01/14

The Possibilities Are Endless in 'OR,'

Forward Theater gives us a smorgasbord of fun characters, an orchestra of language and a sex farce, all in one

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That '80s Show

03/28/14

That '80s Show

Mercury Players Theatre embraces the ridiculous, cheesy fun in "Xanadu: The Comedy Broadway Musical"

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Xanadu: A Place Where Nobody Dared to Go

03/26/14

Xanadu: A Place Where Nobody Dared to Go

Well, except Steve Noll, who'll revive the campy 'Xanadu: The Broadway Comedy Musical' for Mercury Players starting this weekend

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The Art of the Quick Change in Forward's 'OR,'

03/25/14

The Art of the Quick Change in Forward's 'OR,'

Forward Theater's production of 'OR,' features twenty-five costume changes. Holly Payne makes sure all of them go off without a hitch.

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Forward Moves, Um, Forward with "Unhinged" 2014-15 Season

03/19/14

Forward Moves, Um, Forward with "Unhinged" 2014-15 Season

Each of the theater's three upcoming plays features a character—and sometimes multiple characters—on the verge of losing it

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Anything But 'Terrible' in CTM's Latest

03/10/14

Anything But 'Terrible' in CTM's Latest

CTM's production of the musical based on Judith Viorst's classic children's book is breezy fun

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UT's A Night of One-Acts Showcases Students, Self-Awareness

03/07/14

UT's A Night of One-Acts Showcases Students, Self-Awareness

Identity's at the heart of short works by Beth Henley and Christopher Durang

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Aren't You Going to Answer That?

03/06/14

Aren't You Going to Answer That?

Madison Theatre Guild tackles technology and relationships in the quirky 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

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Three Surprising Things: MTG's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

02/25/14

Three Surprising Things: MTG's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

Why a seven-year-old play about technology and relationships still feels fresh and cutting today

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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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