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Forward Theater Company premieres thought-provoking A Thousand Words

A Thousand Words, premiered by Forward Theater Company Friday night in Overture Center's Promenade Hall, deftly bounces between past and present and themes of art, friendship and art-world conflict. >More
 Darkness falls on Strollers Theatre's funny Black Comedy

Black Comedy, which Strollers Theatre is presenting at the Bartell Theatre, has a pretty funny plot. Peter Shaffer's one-act, first performed in 1965, centers on a young artist set to impress his future father-in-law and a possible patron. >More
 Strangers meet in Broom Street Theater's On the Corner of Clark and Vine

Broom Street Theater opens its 2012 season with Autumn Shiley's On the Corner of Clark and Vine, an elegy on the loss of loved ones that is really a collage of video, music, dance, poetry and acting. At its best moments, it is a heartfelt exploration of what it means to be the one left behind by death. (In other moments, it brings to mind those overwrought Calvin Klein Obsession TV commercials.) >More
 In Mercury Players' Talking Out of School, embattled Wisconsin teachers get their say

Perhaps no group has suffered more under the Walker administration than teachers. Not only were they subject to cuts in salary and benefits, but they were portrayed as greedy and more interested in their own union power than the children they teach. In response, Mercury Players Theatre presents Talking Out of School, 13 original short plays written by Wisconsin teachers, kindergarten through college. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison's A Christmas Carol returns in a new adaptation

A Christmas Carol is back at Children's Theater of Madison. After a brief hiatus (last year, CTM opted for the musical A Wonderful Life as its holiday show), the classic Christmas tale has returned to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. >More
 American Players Theatre's The Gift of the Magi is a Christmas delight

What a smart idea for American Players Theatre to use the cozy, indoor Touchstone stage for a winter production. I imagine that after the snow falls, this woodland venue, with its twinkling lights and welcoming fire pits, will only get more magical. >More
 University Theatre's Bat Boy: The Musical is a monstrously good time

I'll always feel a certain hometown connection to the Weekly World News, the goofy tabloid that used to be good for a few chuckles in the grocery checkout line. In summer 1988, when I was still living in Kalamazoo, Mich., WWN reported that Elvis was alive and had been spotted in the downtown Burger King, among other places. >More
 Broom Street Theater observes the season with uneven-but-rewarding Ghosts of Christmas Past

The Ghosts of Christmas Past by Broom Street Theater is a mostly madcap romp through the holiday season's cultural and emotional landscape. With an intimacy that only a small community theater can achieve, the play by Christina Beller and Scott Rawson manages to cover the turbulent ground of parental sexuality, loss of loved ones, social awkwardness, family dysfunction, painful in-law experiences and the just plain bad memories that seem to resurface for all of us this time of year. >More
 Catching up with Madison native Buzz Moran, sound effects designer for Intergalactic Nemesis

Ever since a he was a kid, Madison native Buzz Moran has been on a voyage of sound. Blessed with an ear for music and sound effects, Moran performed as a musician around Madison before packing up and heading for Austin, Texas, in his 20s to escape the cold. Since then, he has made a name for himself in just about every aspect of sound production, be it through his award-winning work in theatrical sound design or helping in the recording and mixing of motion pictures such as Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. >More
 Forward Theater examines TV's dueling creators in The Farnsworth Invention

There is a decidedly festive atmosphere at Forward Theater Company's newly acquired rehearsal space in downtown Madison. Cast, crew and a number of guests have gathered this October late afternoon for the first rehearsal of the first production of the new season. After all the reunion hugs, the swells of laughter and the friendly clamor for chairs, the room quiets. Anticipation is palpable as Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Forward's artistic director and director of this new play, rises to set the stage, so to speak, for the first read-through of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention. >More
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