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THEATER

In the Beginning by Mercury Players is a clever but flawed creation

For a lot of us -- even those of us who deplore Christian fundamentalism -- the apparently never-ending argument over evolution versus creationism has become awfully tiresome. So the Mercury Players deserve credit for their latest show at the Bartell Theatre, In the Beginning, an imperfect but refreshing spin on How All of This Got Started. >More
 Praise for APT in The Wall Street Journal

As he has in the past, today Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout reviews productions at American Players Theatre, the Spring Green company that for arts lovers is one of the best things about summer in this part of Wisconsin. >More
 In the Beginning: An Evolutionary Musical Comedy ribs the creation story

It's the world's first love story and the world's first love triangle. Adam meets Eve in Mercury Players Theatre's In the Beginning: An Evolutionary Musical Comedy, opening Friday, Sept. 4, at the Bartell Community Theatre. >More
 APT's fine Long Day's Journey into Night is bleak stuff

As the third and final play to open this season in American Players Theatre's new indoor venue, Long Day's Journey into Night again demonstrates how the Touchstone Theatre is allowing the company to produce fare that wouldn't work "up the hill." >More
 Bricks Theatre to stage bawdy works by Shel Silverstein

One of two successors to Madison Repertory Theatre will hit the stage running this October, when the Bricks Theatre opens An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein at the Frequency. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre presents a good-looking and -sounding Evita

It's been 30 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical Evita opened on Broadway. In that time, like it or not, the iconic image of Argentine first lady Eva Perón, arms outstretched on the balcony of the Casa Rosada, has permeated our consciousness, along with the accompanying song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." >More
 American Players Theatre's Henry V is rousing, well-crafted

Last summer American Players Theatre presented an adaption of Henry IV parts 1 and 2. This summer the saga continues with the strong production of Henry V that opened Saturday night. >More
 Bawdy fun in Middleton Players Theatre's well-executed The Producers

Did it feel like you were at a real Broadway show? Not quite -- the seats were more comfortable, the room felt bigger, and the set and costumes weren't so audaciously ornate. But you did get lost in the performance. >More
 Courtroom madness in Romance by Strollers Theatre

Watching the news lately, it seems that America is increasingly becoming a nation of screamers. Maybe I'm a little too worn out, then, to appreciate the seven men in David Mamet's Romance, a 2005 courtroom comedy currently being staged by Strollers Theatre. >More
 Light summer laughs in Hay Fever at APT

Noël Coward's Hay Fever is as light and fluffy as a cream puff. If you're looking for deep meaning or biting social critique, well, seek elsewhere. But if you're looking to laugh and enjoy a fantastic vehicle for APT core company actor Tracy Michelle Arnold, this is your show. >More
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