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January 2014

Three Surprising Things: Strollers' 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'

01/31/14

Three Surprising Things: Strollers' 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'

A tiger with an existential crisis and a golden toilet seat are part of Strollers' latest effort

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MTM's Rock Musical "Hostage Song" Highlights Human Connection

01/31/14

MTM's Rock Musical "Hostage Song" Highlights Human Connection

Music Theater of Madison's "Hostage Song" uses rock and drama to hone in on the tenuous nature of human connection

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Taking "Hostage Song"

01/28/14

Taking "Hostage Song"

Music Theater of Madison stages a taut rock musical in a new and unusual location.

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Jim DeVita Transforms in Forward's 'Red'

01/23/14

Jim DeVita Transforms in Forward's 'Red'

Jim DeVita's intense portrayal of the artist Mark Rothko anchors Forward Theater's staging of 'Red'

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You're the Top

01/13/14

You're the Top

Madison Theatre Guild fetes one of America's greatest composers in "Red, Hot, & Cole"

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Die for Me, Won't You?

01/07/14

Die for Me, Won't You?

American Players Theatre drops a Greek tragedy into the Touchstone's 2014 shoulder season

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About This Blog

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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