Madison Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at Overture Center BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - October 04, 2017

From the amazingly gothic opening number, aptly titled, A Warning to the Audience through the Finale the actors in this production not only never let the energy wane, they amazed the audience at every plot twist.... (more...)
BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Capitol City Theatre BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Capitol City Theatre
by Scott Rawson - September 23, 2017

As we enter the gymnasium at Kinikiwaunomac High School we are greeted with the pep band, all in t-shirts and hats sporting the Kinikiwaunomac Kinkajous. This is the stage for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! We await the mix of young men and women who gather together for the Spelling Bee... (more...)
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...)