Madison Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THREE SISTERS at American Players Theatre BWW Review: THREE SISTERS at American Players Theatre
by Melissa Hall - August 16, 2017

Humans yearn for what we do not have. It is the trademark of our species. We seem to never be satisfied, always longing for more, better, bigger. Though this play is set a century ago in Russia, it could not be more relevant to our current culture.... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE Slides Into Wisconsin Dells at The Palace Theater BWW Review: GREASE Slides Into Wisconsin Dells at The Palace Theater
by Scott Rawson - August 06, 2017

With the music of Fats Domino and Elvis filling the theater, patrons to The Palace Theater were transported back to a bygone era. While enjoying their dinner, the mood was set to the 1950's, a time when muscle cars and smoking were all the rage. A time when girls could be seen in poodle skirts or ci... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture Center BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - June 14, 2017

The opening Overture's combination of 'I Feel the Earth Move' flowing directly in to 'Jazz Man' set the audience's hook... (more...)
BWW Review: OUR TOWN visits the past at The Armory BWW Review: OUR TOWN visits the past at The Armory
by Scott Rawson - May 22, 2017

    Grover's Corners is of course the backdrop to the romance of George Gibbs (Jon Churchwell) and Emily Webb (Amanda Rodriquez). With minimal set to interfere with the actor's ability to carry the story the play moves along initially at a refreshing small-town pace.... (more...)
BWW Review: Witness THE BOOK OF MORMON at The Overture Center BWW Review: Witness THE BOOK OF MORMON at The Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - May 12, 2017

Hello; my name is Elder Rawson and I would like to talk to you about a most amazing musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: DUMPSTER FLOWER  entertains at Broom Street Theatre BWW Review: DUMPSTER FLOWER entertains at Broom Street Theatre
by Scott Rawson - April 09, 2017

Madisons's Broom Street Theatre boasts being one of, if not THE eldest experimental theater in the country. At nearly 50 years old, it is a Madison Staple. Their latest show, Dumpster Flower exemplifies their long-term success.... (more...)
BWW Review: LEARNING TO STAY drives message at Forward Theater BWW Review: LEARNING TO STAY drives message at Forward Theater
by Scott Rawson - April 04, 2017

We meet Elise (Kat Wodtke) in her office. Her husband, Brad (Jeb Burris) is away, in Iraq, fighting. She keeps her cheery disposition and hopefulness by finding rituals to survive it all and sticking to them.... (more...)
BWW Review: Capital City Theatre's LADY DAY AT  EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at The Overture Jazz's Up Madison BWW Review: Capital City Theatre's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at The Overture Jazz's Up Madison
by Scott Rawson - April 03, 2017

From the moment, you are seated in the intimate Wisconsin Studio at the Overture Center you are transported to Emerson's Bar and Grill. The year,1959. The month, March. Billie Holiday will only live another 4 months, at which time she will die at the young age of 44 from cirrhosis of the liver.... (more...)
BWW Review: First Stage Offers Persistence in Tough and Tenderhearted MOCKINGBIRD BWW Review: First Stage Offers Persistence in Tough and Tenderhearted MOCKINGBIRD
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - April 02, 2017

First Stage invites a recent Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts production to Milwaukee for a Midwest premiere: Mockingbird (mok'ing burd). The National Book Award WinnerYoung Adult novel by Katherine Ersking and adapted by Julie Jensen presents the story of Caitlin-a 12 year old challenged by a... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET Moves Madisonians at The Overture Center BWW Review: CABARET Moves Madisonians at The Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - March 22, 2017

As I've stated before, theater should speak to people. This production of Cabaret spoke volumes to me and feels particularly poignant in today's political climate.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: TREY PARKER'S: CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL Feeds Madison at Overture Center BWW Review: TREY PARKER'S: CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL Feeds Madison at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - March 16, 2017

   This is not simply a musical about cannibalism, no my friends, this is a love story…a hysterically twisted love story with some pseudo homo erotic elements along with a hint of bestiality thrown in for good measure.... (more...)
BWW Review: GREAME OF THRONES Brings Winter to the Overture Center BWW Review: GREAME OF THRONES Brings Winter to the Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - March 06, 2017

A producer named Greame is selling this show to investors. The show, "Game of Thrones" a Lannister Production, live and in the round with a cast of hundreds complete with animatronic dragons... (more...)
BWW Review: Les Ballets Tockadero de Monte Carlo

   Overture Center BWW Review: Les Ballets Tockadero de Monte Carlo Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - February 27, 2017

I did notice almost immediately that although they do put the 'BALL' in BALLET, I and those around me had begun to refer to the men in tutus as 'ballerinas'.... (more...)
BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Forward Theater BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Forward Theater
by Scott Rawson - February 02, 2017

Anthony Reilly (David Daniel) has a secret. This secret is only known to two people. First, his adolescent crush, who when told went running away from him, breaking is young heart. The second, his father, who is so despondent about it that he may keep the family farm from him.... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Overture Center Surprises BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Overture Center Surprises
by Scott Rawson - January 05, 2017

I thought, 'Big Whoop'. I never had any desire to see this show. First, it's Frankie Valli, how tough could his life really be, big star, where's the conflict? Secondly, and more importantly, I know this music. I certainly did not want to see it performed in the classical musical theater operatic st... (more...)
BWW Review: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS at Overture Center BWW Review: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS at Overture Center
by Angie Stanton - November 29, 2016

Comfort food for the soul.... (more...)
BWW Review: MARY'S WEDDING at American Players Theater BWW Review: MARY'S WEDDING at American Players Theater
by Scott Rawson - November 25, 2016

  Theater should have an effect on the audience, and this show does exactly that. We are told in the beginning by Charlie (Nate Burger) that tomorrow is Mary's Wedding, tonight is a dream.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Overture Center BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - November 25, 2016

  As a haze envelopes, The Overture Center for the Arts a drum beat begins, followed shortly by screaming electric guitar licks. The energy in the theater is palpable as dancers move and gyrate across the stage. A curtain drops over a cage suspended far above the stage and nearly immediately falls a... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMEONE'S GOTTA DO IT Sweeps Madison BWW Review: SOMEONE'S GOTTA DO IT Sweeps Madison
by Scott Rawson - September 26, 2016

Opening to the punk sound of The Flying Lizards 'Money, That's What I Want' Forward Theater begins its biennial monologue festival.... (more...)
BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work. BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work.
by Scott Rawson - September 20, 2016

Did you know that there was an African Theater Company in 1821? We learn during American Players Theater production of 'THE AFRICAN THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III, that 6 years before New York abolished slavery and 20 years before the beginning of the Civil War, this company existed.... (more...)
BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN Effects Spring Green BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN Effects Spring Green
by Scott Rawson - September 09, 2016

Willy Loman (Wonderfully portrayed by Brian Mani) is a phony, a faker. He may very well be aware of this fact, and yet...he may not. Who among us has not a time or two filled in the blank spaces of our memory?... (more...)
BWW Review: The Spectacle of THE LION KING BWW Review: The Spectacle of THE LION KING
by Amanda Finn - May 16, 2016

Disney's The Lion King has dominated the stage for almost 20 years and audiences still flock to the theatre whenever the show migrates into a new city -- or even an old city as the show makes its return to Overture Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: Howling at the COYOTE MOON BWW Review: Howling at the COYOTE MOON
by Amanda Finn - April 12, 2016

Frank's loved ones don't know where he is, but Frank's destination wasn't exactly a "where". It was the aversion of the "were". Frank thinks he is a werecoyote -- yes, you read that correctly. Not a werewolf -- a werecoyote.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEET WILLIAM Bats a Thousand BWW Review: SWEET WILLIAM Bats a Thousand
by Amanda Finn - March 23, 2016

If baseball is America's pastime, then gossip has to be a close second. That's precisely what playwright (and director) Doug Reed's Sweet William hits right on the head in his play filled with the sport and the sport of rumor. Gossip as juicy as a ballpark frank is what drives Broom Street Theatre's... (more...)
BWW Review: Comedy Talks in MISALLIANCE BWW Review: Comedy Talks in MISALLIANCE
by Amanda Finn - March 16, 2016

George Bernard Shaw must have been a talker. A man of many talents, Shaw's plays are known for driving home his opinions on the world around him and doing so at length -- hence why he's said to have perfected the concept of 'discussion' plays. Strollers Theatre took the challenging playwright to tas... (more...)