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September 2013

Three Surprising Things: Broom Street Theater's 'Triggered'

09/20/13

Three Surprising Things: Broom Street Theater's 'Triggered'

You don't know what you think you know about Callen Harty's character-driven take on the aftermath of a shooting.

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The Tennessee Two-Step, Part One

09/19/13

The Tennessee Two-Step, Part One

Madison Theatre Guild kicks off a mini Tennessee Williams renaissance with the writer's steamy The Night of the Iguana.

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The Words Are the Thing in APT's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'

09/16/13

The Words Are the Thing in APT's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'

The troupe's first stab at Tom Stoppard is confident and loaded with laughs

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Modern Love in APT's 'Antony and Cleopatra'

09/04/13

Modern Love in APT's 'Antony and Cleopatra'

American Players' tight, electric adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra takes a decided contempo tone.

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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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