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Jam-Packed 2014–15 Lineups for Bartell's Theater Groups

05/29/14

Jam-Packed 2014–15 Lineups for Bartell's Theater Groups

Strollers, Mercury Players, StageQ and Madison Theater Guild tee up 2014–15 seasons that ooze hot-button issues and Hollywood

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Exit Interview: CTM's Roseann Sheridan Reviews a Successful Season

05/28/14

Exit Interview: CTM's Roseann Sheridan Reviews a Successful Season

'Fiddler on the Roof' rocked the house, and 'Anne of Green Gables' didn't connect. Is it time to dive deeper into social media?

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Exit Interview: Forward's Jennifer Uphoff Gray Looks Back on Her Company's Season

05/22/14

Exit Interview: Forward's Jennifer Uphoff Gray Looks Back on Her Company's Season

Outreach and complementary programming were a big hit. But what happened to the arts coverage?

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Stage Right/Stage Wrong: Cristina Panfilio Reveals Theater Ups and Downs

05/20/14

Stage Right/Stage Wrong: Cristina Panfilio Reveals Theater Ups and Downs

APT's Panfilio shares a few of her exhilarating and embarrassing onstage moments

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Three Intriguing Things: APT's 2014 Season

05/16/14

Three Intriguing Things: APT's 2014 Season

Interesting pairings, an actor's dark side and a possible glimpse into the future are all on tap

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Sam D. White Rages Against the Universe in Strollers' 'Jerusalem'

05/15/14

Sam D. White Rages Against the Universe in Strollers' 'Jerusalem'

White's performance is one of the best of the year so far, anchoring a funny and heart-wrenching show.

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CTM's 'Fiddler' Just Fits

05/09/14

CTM's 'Fiddler' Just Fits

A solid cast, strong choreography and a little does of history carry the tunes and the day

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Sam D. White Disappears into 'Jerusalem'

05/08/14

Sam D. White Disappears into 'Jerusalem'

The actor tears into the biggest role he's ever tackled—'Jerusalem's hard-drinking, storytelling Johnny "Rooster" Byron

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Father in CTM's 'Fiddler' Reprises Role 30 Years Later

04/30/14

Father in CTM's 'Fiddler' Reprises Role 30 Years Later

In CTM's 'Fiddler on the Roof,' Brian Mani reprises the role that convinced him to make acting a full-time career

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APT's YouTube Reminds Us "You Have to Wait Until Summer"

04/03/14

APT's YouTube Reminds Us "You Have to Wait Until Summer"

APT's newest promo ad on YouTube is the company's latest laugher

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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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