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Jim Lowe is music critic and arts editor for the Rutland Herald and The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus writes about arts events around Vermont.

Why is comedy so difficult?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN This summer has seen some stellar musical comedy in Vermont. But some of the nonmusical comedy hasn’t been so successful. In fact, two productions by…

Delightful entertainment, just in time

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN WESTON — Imagine working for Barbra Streisand in her own personal shopping mall. That’s exactly what Alex More does in Jonathan Tolins’ delightful flight-of-fancy…

A seismic shift for Weston Playhouse?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN It’s hard to remember when Weston Playhouse wasn’t the foremost professional theater in Vermont. It began its spectacular growth 30 years ago, when three young…

Weston’s ‘Lost in Yonkers’ deeply satisfying

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN WESTON — Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” is a masterpiece of comedy and drama, because it is at once neither and both. In short,…

Rebeck’s tragic puzzle solved ‘Downstairs’

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When Theresa Rebeck’s new play “Downstairs” opened Friday at the Dorset Playhouse, the audience seemed to think it was watching a sitcom. That was at…

Will the Vermont Arts Council become relevant?

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down My first Lowe Down column, in the May 7, 2014, Times Argus and Rutland Herald, suggested that the Vermont Arts Council had become largely…

‘Il trittico’: hilarious to devastating

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down MIDDLEBURY – Although contradicting Giacomo Puccini’s wishes, director Doug Anderson’s decision to change the order of the composer’s trilogy “Il trittico” bore fruit. He…

Puccini’s ‘Il trittico’: Three times the opera

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN “Il trittico” was Giacomo Puccini’s final opera score — three operas, actually. Despite its 20th century premiere, Puccini remained true to his Romantic roots…

Winning in Montreal, next the world

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN The 16th annual Montreal International Piano Competition finals opened — somewhat predictably — with a performance limited by the youth of the pianist. But…

Igniting new theater: Weston Playhouse’s Artist Retreat

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Most folks attending the theater don’t give a thought to where the play they’re enjoying came from. But Weston Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest professional theater,…