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From the backyard to Off Broadway: Talking with the creators of Walmartopia

Catherine Capellaro and Andrew Rohn are preparing themselves for a little bit of Empty Nest Syndrome. On Monday, September 1 -- Labor Day, of course -- their musical Walmartopia opens Off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. That's when they have to let go and just watch to see how the production plays in the big city. >More
 A friend in need

I didn't exactly run up the hill to American Players Theatre's production of Timon of Athens, having trepidation about insects and the questions surrounding this lesser-known work by Shakespeare. (When did he write it? Was it a collaboration? An experiment?) I was right to worry about the merciless black bugs but wrong to worry about the production, which is tautly directed by Kate Buckley. It's quite satisfying and well worth the trek. >More
 Ready to rumble

This weekend, Four Seasons Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary of West Side Story with a gala production at Wisconsin Union Theater. When it opened on Broadway in 1957, Leonard Bernstein's transcendent musical translated the Romeo and Juliet story to the streets of gangland New York, with lyrics by a fledgling Stephen Sondheim and dances by Jerome Robbins. Today West Side Story is considered the ultimate collaboration of dance, music, and lyrics. >More
 Going down?

"Fast decay is a thing of hot climates," observes the Reverend Larry Shannon in the jumpy, quivering vocal rhythms of a man who is quickly unraveling. A disgraced minister-turned-tour guide at war with God, booze and sex, Shannon has come to find solace at the rundown resort of a friend off Mexico's west coast in 1940. >More
 Always in 'Vogue'

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 Our time and place

To some, theater is becoming the last reserve of "family entertainment" in the worst sense of the word. People flock to productions of You Can't Take It With You or Harvey because they are little time-machine cocoons where the nasty influences of the 21st century won't intrude. They're not avoiding corrupt-to-the-core politicians or impending environmental disasters, mind you. They mostly are fleeing sex, violence or the f-word. >More
 Where's the money?

Madison Theatre Guild is in crisis, as Isthmus reported on July 20. Since then, additional concerns have surfaced over the troupe's management. The nonprofit now faces questions from inside over possible missing funds. >More
 Be our guest

I'm phobic about interacting with actors during a performance, so bravery was required for me to attend WhoopDeDoo Productions' Sweet-Cannoli Nuptials. It's Madison's take on a Tony 'n Tina-style faux wedding. >More
 They will survive

I have no problem with chick-lit, chick-flicks and what seems to be a growing trend of chick-musicals. I've heard that Menopause the Musical is a fun show, and the commercials for Girls Night: The Musical gave me the impression that I'd be in for a night of uproarious comedy, sassy girl talk and dancing in the aisles. But I found the opening-night performance to be too much (plot) and not enough (laughs). >More
 The WiSUC Project makes dinner awkward and hilarious

In the unwritten rulebook for polite dinner conversations, the topics of politics, religion and sex are strictly forbidden. Bringing up any one of these can be a recipe for disaster, especially if you're, say, trying to impress future in-laws or your boss. All such propriety was thrown to the wind Tuesday night at the High Noon Saloon. >More
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