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The Little Dog Laughed by Strollers Theatre disappoints

Douglas Carter Beane's caustic comedy The Little Dog Laughed lifts its leg on the fire hydrant that is Hollywood, dousing that narcissistic never-never land with a well-deserved dose of reality. Sadly, Strollers Theatre's production, currently playing at the Bartell, has turned a comical canine into a hapless hound that is barking up the wrong tree. >More
 Flaws in Madison Opera's crowd-pleasing Faust

Gounod's Faust endures as a sure-fire audience-pleaser, whether because of or despite any given production. After 150 years, however, there is still no definitive edition of the score, while performances offer jumbled versions of an inherently corrupt tradition. >More
 Resonant family dynamic in Mercury Players' production of Well

I should confess that I wasn't exactly chomping at the bit to see Mercury Players Theatre's production of Well at their MercLab space on Fair Oaks, because the press release description sounded like more than I wanted to deal with on a Friday night. But I'm so glad I accepted the assignment. >More
 Quieter moments are better in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Madison Theatre Guild

At performances of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by the Madison Theatre Guild, I imagine most audience members are ready to compare the efforts of the lead actors to those in the 1976 Milos Forman film, which garnered Academy Awards for Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. It's a little tough to push those iconic performances aside. >More
 Youthful energy in University Theatre's successful Hair

In Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre Saturday night, the passion and energy of the beautiful young cast of Hair had a remarkable effect on a packed audience, fully half of whom could remember the events from the first time around. >More
 Years after its debut, Hair retains its hold

After its 1968 Broadway debut, songs from the hit musical were covered by artists like the Fifth Dimension and Nina Simone. A film version followed in 1979. And now, 41 years after its debut, Hair is enjoying a Broadway revival, and UW-Madison's University Theatre is also donning its tie-dye. >More
 Strange little gals in Falling Girls by University Theatre

Blue's Clues Live! it ain't. Falling Girls, the latest production from University Theatre, offers an avant-garde approach to theater for the very young. While it is deliberately short on conventional storytelling, it's an oddly compelling experience that last Saturday afternoon kept young audience members -- and this adult -- fully engaged. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison creates lovely moments in Degas' Little Dancer

What strikes me about Children's Theater of Madison's production of Degas' Little Dancer, which I saw Saturday afternoon at Overture Center's Playhouse, is exactly what I've come to appreciate about the company's productions in general: the wonderful interplay between the adult and child actors and director Roseann Sheridan's ability to elicit natural performances from her young cast members. >More
 Madison Opera stages funny, thought-provoking Così fan tutte by Mozart

Madison Opera's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte ("All women are like that"), was a musical feast and a visual delight, ideally fitted to Overture Center's Capitol Theater. The performances last Friday and Sunday were shared with the Sarasota Opera, typical of today's company collaborations. >More
 American Players Theatre to the rescue of Madison Rep subscribers

"APT was deeply saddened by the loss of the Madison Rep, and we are glad to do what we can to help soften the blow a little," APT's producing artistic director, David Frank, said in a press release. >More
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