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Kids do what kids do in energetic Spring Awakening at Wisconsin Union Theater

You may know the euphemistic song, from an old-fashioned Broadway musical, about males and females who at unguarded moments begin "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly." I thought of that tune at the end of the first act of Spring Awakening. That's when teenage characters copulate, in a bit of provocative stagecraft that is virtually without euphemism. >More
 University Theatre production of Don DeLillo's Valparaiso lacks punch

It begins and ends with screens. As the show commences, moments after the audience has shut off the tiny, glowing screens of iPhones and Blackberries, we're greeted by the larger illuminated screen of a flat-panel TV. And when it's all over, we're left with the same inscrutable glow, both comforting and alien. >More
 Drama returns to the radio as Forward Theater Company performs The 39 Steps

On Sunday, Forward Theater Company hits the airwaves with a production of The 39 Steps, helping to revive the lost art of radio drama. In fact, Madison has quite a few radio drama performers who continually face the challenge of acting without use of their bodies. >More
 Roseann Sheridan redefines Children's Theater of Madison

"I always thought I was going to be a linguist or a translator," Roseann Sheridan says. Funny how youthful expectations can play out. For 17 years, Sheridan was part of a fluent American Players Theatre corps interpreting Shakespeare and other dramatis personae for sophisticated audiences. Now, as producing artistic director for Children's Theater of Madison, she interprets scripts for younger audiences. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Talking Spirits XII at Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery (video)

A visit to the historic Forest Hill Cemetery on Madison's west side turns up some ghosts looking to tell their stories. >More
 Mercury Players Theatre's The Velvet Sky is a creepy trip to the city

The Velvet Sky by Mercury Players Theatre is the nightmarish story of 12-year-old Andy, who, after being pulled from his home by his father, ends up alone in the middle of the night in New York City. Andy is pursued by his father; his distraught, insomniac mother; and, perhaps, an evil force. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's The Glass Menagerie is a delight

The greatest strength of Madison Theatre Guild's production of The Glass Menagerie is that it allows Tennessee Williams' classic play to stand for itself. Straightforward in approach, the production at the Bartell Theatre has no surprises; director Joan Brooks offers no gimmicks. Rather, the show is rooted firmly in the script. On the page, Williams' writing is lovely and poetic; performed, it will make you shiver with delight. >More
 University Theatre's The Grapes of Wrath is exhausting

Director Norma Saldivar makes both odd and interesting choices with the University Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath. Much of the staging involves stylized tableaus, with actors facing the audience instead of each other, and the effect undermines a show that already struggles to emotionally connect. >More
 The past shines darkly in Madison Theatre Guild's The Glass Menagerie

The greatest strength of Madison Theatre Guild's production of The Glass Menagerie is that it allows Tennessee Williams' classic play to stand for itself. On the page, Williams' writing is lovely and poetic; performed, it will make you shiver with delight. >More
 Broom Street's Invisible Boy explores childhood sexual abuse

Broom Street Theater often takes on difficult topics, but its latest play comes with a "mature audience" warning and opportunities for counseling after the show. Invisible Boy, written and directed by Broom Street artistic director Callen Harty, explores childhood sexual abuse. Using narrative and poetry, the play traverses time and memory as its central character fuses the broken pieces of his past to become a survivor rather than a victim. >More
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