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    • In a Flash
    • In a Flash

      Art Review: Hobart Vosburg Roberts, Adirondack Museum
      Early camera flash technology was complicated and messy. By the end of the 19th century, photographers were igniting magnesium powder in a flat pan…
    • Cooking With Fire
    • Cooking With Fire

      Side Dishes: "Cookin' Out" at the Adirondack Museum
      Where can you witness top chefs competing in a campfire cook-off and take a workshop on making s’mores? These are just a few of…
    • Saints and Sinners
    • Saints and Sinners

      Theater review: Tenderloin
      The growing popularity of the annual Blackfly Festival is one reason Vermonters ask, “How do you get there from here?” about the tiny, unincorporated…
    • Soldier of Love
    • Soldier of Love

      Theater Review: Arms and the Man
      Romanticizing militarism helps a nation justify conquering other sovereign powers. In the late 19th century, as the British Empire stretched across the globe, Victorian…
    • Off Script
    • Off Script

      Theater Review: Mrs. Warren's Profession
      Irish-born playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) employed an acid-dipped pen to analyze society. In proper, prosperous Victorian England, he rejected what he called “romantic…
    • A "Bird in the Hand"
    • A "Bird in the Hand"

      Theater review: To Kill a Mockingbird
      Adapting a beloved literary classic for the theater presents many challenges. How does the unlimited scope of the novelist’s imaginative world translate into two…
    • Good Doggie
    • Good Doggie

      Theater review: Sylvia
      It’s easy to understand why animal owners anthropomorphize their pooches and pussycats. Attributing human characteristics to animal behavior makes sense if you value hard-to-find…
    • Captive Assurance
    • Captive Assurance

      Theater review: Orphans
      Good plays that became lousy movies make up a small corner of cinematic history’s “well-intentioned flops” section. The failure of these stage gems to…
    • A Twisted Tale
    • A Twisted Tale

      Theater Review: Oliver Twist
      What makes a play compelling theater — engaging the audience with a great story, or amazing them with clever stagecraft? Call me old-fashioned, but…
    • "Shape" Shifting
    • "Shape" Shifting

      Theater review: The Shape of Things
      Playwright Neil LaBute has issues — with the entire human race, it seems. Village Voice critic Rob Weinert-Kendt calls LaBute “American theater’s reigning misanthrope.”…
    • Airless America
    • Airless America

      Theater Review: The Complete History of America (Abridged)
      Most of us sat through a required year of high school American history a long time ago. Not-so-scintillating teachers may have dampened our enthusiasm…
    • A Pair to Remember
    • A Pair to Remember

      Theater Reviews: The Drawer Boy, The Light in the Piazza
      The Drawer Boy In the new world of condensed electronic communications, even the concept of lasting friendship gets its own text-message abbreviation. BFF means “best…
    • War Games
    • War Games

      Theater review: Game Over
      U.S. combat operations in Iraq officially “end” on September 1. While politicos and pundits publicly debate the war’s next euphemistically named phase (“Operation New…
    • Duty Calls
    • Duty Calls

      Theater Review: Fully Committed at Lost Nation Theater
      Pity the plight of the starry-eyed young actor. How does he chase the dream of becoming a professional thespian while keeping up with mundane,…
    • Making an Exit
    • Making an Exit

      State of the Arts
      A successful three-week run of The All Night Strut ended at Montpelier’s Lost Nation Theater last Sunday. On Monday, director Tim Tavcar, a mainstay…
    • "Dead" Reckoning
    • "Dead" Reckoning

      Theater review: Lucky Stiff at Skinner Barn
      My mom, who grew up on a farm, has explained to her suburban-bred daughter that a dairy barn’s hayloft occasionally plays host to friskier…
    • Making Waves
    • Making Waves

      Theater review: South Pacific by the Lamoille County Players
      Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II invented the modern American musical, a play in which storytelling drives the singing and dancing. Starting with Oklahoma!…
    • Giving Up the Ghost
    • Giving Up the Ghost

      Theater review: Blithe Spirit at St. Michael's Playhouse
      When World War II began, Englishman Noël Coward (1899-1973) set aside his flourishing theatrical and musical career to serve his country by joining Britain’s…
    • Sibling Revelry
    • Sibling Revelry

      Theater review: The Gondoliers at Unadilla Theatre
      For the last quarter of the 19th century, the comic operettas of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were London’s box-office blockbusters. Their producer, Richard…

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