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Positively Poe

12/05/13

Positively Poe

University Theatre's An Evening with Poe is a cavalcade of creepy and clever.

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Once Upon a December Dreary: Three Surprising Things About 'An Evening With Poe'

12/04/13

Once Upon a December Dreary: Three Surprising Things About 'An Evening With Poe'

University Theatre students combine to show you the Edgar Allen Poe you don’t know.

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Bedroom Games in APT's 'Liaisons'

11/22/13

Bedroom Games in APT's 'Liaisons'

APT's Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a sly and riveting portrayal of master manipulators undone.

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All Is Well

11/14/13

All Is Well

Characters deal with the difficulties of life in Forward Theater's thoughtful staging of 'Sons of the Prophet'

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Here Comes the 'Son'

11/08/13

Here Comes the 'Son'

Marcus Truschinski, who stars in Forward Theater's production of Sons of the Prophet, ponders the ways life reflects art.

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APT's New Season: Playing the Hits

10/29/13

APT's New Season: Playing the Hits

The outdoor lineup focuses on the giants of classic theater, while the Touchstone lets the company stretch its legs.

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Anne, a Wonder

10/24/13

Anne, a Wonder

Kailey Boyle brings a youthful magic to CTM's Anne of Green Gables.

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Spooky Sounds and Sights

10/22/13

Spooky Sounds and Sights

Less is a lot more in Strollers' scary and suspenseful 'The Woman in Black'

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For a Small City, Madison has Major Theater

10/14/13

For a Small City, Madison has Major Theater

A local theater fan reacts to Rebecca Ryan's "Tier-Two Tradeoff" column

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Three Surprising Things: Strollers Theatre's 'The Woman in Black'

10/08/13

Three Surprising Things: Strollers Theatre's 'The Woman in Black'

Forget about the movie; this spooky production's where the scare's at.

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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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