Aaron R. Conklin

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Aaron R. Conklin has been a contributing writer to Madison Magazine since the early 2000s. He’s the author of Madison Magazine’s award-winning Stage Write blog on local theater and also writes about food for the magazine. In his free time, Conklin enjoys spending time with his family and pets, live music and video games.


Curtain Call: A look back at Two Crows Theatre's first year

Spring Green company has whirlwind debut season

'Miss Saigon' searches for emotional resonance

Touring show beset by stereotyping, outdated story

New Spring Green theater company tackles play about Emily Dickinson

Performances of ‘The Belle of Amherst' Feb. 15-16

'Dog Collar' play skewers job interviews

Left of Left Center actors share their experiences

The Tin Fox has a spicy secret menu when it transforms into The Angry Rooster

You better believe your taste buds will be tested

Yahara Bay Distillers' Josh Pleasnick tries his hand at wrangling a sea cucumber

The slimy experiment didn't truly work

Try out a spice bomb

Umami Ramen has a spicy bomb

Eating Strings Ramen's hell ramen is a terrifying challenge

You have to sign a waiver before attempting it

Dining in the dark

Event raises awareness while challenging guests

Smile at your own peril through ‘Cabaret'

No happy ending to StageQ and OUT!Cast musical

Iconic role in ‘Cabaret' is recast

Erin McConnell is the emcee in StageQ's production

Not your parents' ‘Romeo and Juliet'

Actor HJ Farr stars in Theatre LILA production

Forward Theater to stage its first one-actor play

Lineup for the 2019-2020 season unveiled

11 tasty pancakes in Madison

Enjoy flapjacks on National Pancake Day, March 12

Connected by pain in Madison Theatre Guild's ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries'

Patience pays with complex, emotional play

Music Theatre of Madison slays it hard in 'Murder Ballad'

Troupe's latest show is a riveting heartbreaker

‘The King & I' spectacle overcomes nagging issues

Touring Broadway show refreshes classic musical

Synergy at work in ‘Into the Woods'

UW Theatre, Opera jointly put on Sondheim musical

Andrew Lonsdale to play first bad guy in ‘Murder Ballad'

Stage Right/Wrong: Actor once flashed too much

Actor Sam White conquers New York, loses battle with a fireplace

Stage Right/Stage Wrong: Even Falstaff has bad day

Tony Clements returns to direct ‘Pirate' musical

Show opens Feb. 16 at Overture Center for the Arts

‘Heisenberg' not your typical romantic comedy

Play shows relationship to be complex, compelling

‘Serpent's Tooth' adds The Smiths and dance to Shakespeare play

King Lear musical plumbs interesting depths

‘Mythical Creatures' is a 10-pack of staged reimaginings

KRASS show plays with fictional favorites

King Lear, meet Morrissey

Reinterpreting Shakespeare through ‘80s new wave

Colleen Madden's acting career and costume ignite

APT veteran starring in ‘Heisenberg'

13 places to find tasty fromage

Local cheese shops curate delicious cheese

Local theater troupe's shows to feature gods, romance, madness and magic

Reason for the Season: MTM goes for the legendary

11 Madison-area barbecue restaurants hot off the grill

Grab a stack of napkins and dig in

‘Star Wars' panto goofiest yet at Bartell Theatre

Mercury Players parody set in galaxy far, far away

Wisconsin is the big cheese

The state's claim to fame is cheese

What's the difference between 5-, 10- and 15-year aged cheddar?

Tony Hook hooks us up with an explanation

The 3 Fs of cheese curds: fresh, fried and fancy

The city is full of great cheese curds

For the love of limburger

How can just four ingredients create such a stink?

Cheese on the global scale

Wisconsin won 136 awards in world competition

'The Best Man' wins

Madison Theatre Guild's latest is sharp but dated

'Engaging Shaw' dances around the 'M' word — marriage

APT's Ridge and Madden capture magic of romance

Game on for Madison's first arcade bar, I/O Arcade

Get your Galaga on at new spot on Willy Street

Theatre LILA to reinvent 'Romeo & Juliet' in 2019

'Reason for the Season' a new occasional series

Curtain Call: Brenda DeVita looks back on APT's season

Many challenges faced the Spring Green company