APT's "Measure for Measure" tells a strikingly modern twist on the Bard

Published Aug. 21, 2018

In her director's notes, Risa Brainin writes that the last time she directed "Measure for Measure," it felt painfully relevant. That was 11 years ago - and in her latest iteration, onstage at APT through Oct. 6, she draws the modern comparisons are even more sharply.


APT's "Seascape" dives deep into the relationship of two unusual couples

Published Aug. 16, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee has theory of evolution, if not about the existence of man, at least about the way one man lives and gets along with another. "Seascape," the third Pulitzer play Albee wrote, opened at American Players Theatre in Spring Green over the weekend and like his other great works, it looks at the evolution of relationships with an unerring eye and sensibility.


12 Spring Green hot spots

Published March 21, 2015

Located on the banks of the Wisconsin River, Spring Green is small in population (about 1,600 people) but grand in reputation. And located only two hours from Milwaukee, it's a viable and enjoyable weekend getaway.


14 best plays of 2014 display an embarrassment of theatrical riches

Published Dec. 31, 2014

The 2014 theater war in Wisconsin is a veritable embarrassment of riches with great plays, great productions and great acting. There are some surprise on the list of the best, including a production by a new company and its very first foray into the world of Milwaukee theater.


Acting tornado blows through Spring Green in APT's "American Buffalo"

Published June 15, 2014

It's doubtful that any of the weather guys reported it but a tornado touched down in Spring Green, west of Madison on Saturday. And what's more the tornado is coming back, again and again, thank goodness. The tornado was actor James Ridge who played one-half of the most dysfunctional yet dedicated friends the world has ever seen when American Players Theater opened "American Buffalo" by David Mamet.


APT makes magic happen in a laugh-filled "Earnest"

Published June 15, 2014

One of the best things about live theater is when there is a magic so strong that it seems to make birds sing and trees shimmer in a night time light. That's the best way I can describe "The Importance of Being Earnest," which opened under a beautiful summer sky Saturday night at the American Players Theatre in Spring Green.


Actor profile: Brian Mani of the American Players Theatre

Published June 7, 2012

The 2009 opening of the 201-seat Touchstone Theatre on the American Players Theatre grounds in Spring Green has enabled the company to produce the intimate plays too small to be effectively presented on its much larger outdoor stage. Veteran actor Brian Mani co-stars in the intellectually rigorous and emotionally intense "Skylight" in the Touchstone this summer.


A well-told story from Renaissance Theaterworks

Published Jan. 19, 2012

Take an excellent actor (Marti Gobel), give her a simple but beautifully-written script, and produce it on a spare stage without showy distractions. Renaissance Theaterworks follows that recipe with rewarding results in its new production of "Neat."


APT picnic commemorates its founding

Published June 25, 2011

Every year in mid-July, the American Players Theatre company has internally celebrated its founding in Spring Green. The troupe's first performance was July 18, 1980. That celebration is being extended to the public this year, with a picnic at 4 p.m. July 17, preceding the 6 p.m. performance of "The Taming of the Shrew."


The Rep and the APT stretch themselves

Published Dec. 2, 2010

The state's two largest theater companies did some stretching beyond their normal comfort zones in the past week. The Milwaukee Rep opened a one-woman show of six vignettes written for and performed by an English-Australian triple-threat actress virtually unknown in this country. The American Players Theatre in Spring Green debuted its first winter show, a company-commissioned musical, which is also a first.