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February 2014

Three Surprising Things: MTG's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'


Three Surprising Things: MTG's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

Why a seven-year-old play about technology and relationships still feels fresh and cutting today

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Haunted by the Ghosts in 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'


Haunted by the Ghosts in 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'

U.S. soldiers and a dead tiger stumble through the moral ambiguity in Strollers' 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'

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Once upon a time—okay, it was the mid-'80s—a boy saw a performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the annual summer Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, and a spark was ignited. Decades later, that spark’s only grown stronger, burning brightly every time the lights go up and the actors begin to tread the stage.

I’ve spent a long time—okay, more than 15 years—watching and writing about Madison’s theater scene. Now, more than ever, it’s clear our bustling burgh is packed with vibrant theater companies doing important, cutting-edge work, whether it’s original and daring content, stunning musicals or thought-provoking stagings of modern and classic plays. Stage Write is a place where we’ll talk about those plays and the people who make them happen, maybe look behind the curtain a little and gain some new perspective on how and why it all comes together. Theater has the power to transform, to educate, to show us who we are and where we’re going in a way no other medium can. Hey, look: The curtain’s rising.

– Aaron R. Conklin
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