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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.

‘Table Manners’ go by the wayside at Dorset

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down In Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Table Manners,” the dining room becomes the hub of melodrama for a most dysfunctional family during a weekend get-together. And…

How does a new play ever make it to the stage?

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down In writing about Weston Playhouse’s annual Artists Retreat, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the complexity of the process of taking a piece…

VSO delivers a love letter

Jim Lowe The Lowe Down The Vermont Symphony Orchestra premiered a beautiful love letter this weekend in the form of a violin concerto — and its intended recipient was the…

Great pianist, great Beethoven

The LoweDown By Jim Lowe MIDDLEBURY — Hearing a great pianist play Liszt can be very exciting, but not to the degree of experiencing a great musician performing Beethoven. Saturday’s…

Musical theater straight from the tabloids

  The Lowe down By Jim Lowe “Bat Boy, the Musical” is a unique mix of Gothic terror story and cautionary tale about bigotry. And although the farfetched plot is…

Virginia Woolf now at the Brick Box

The Lowe Down By Jim Lowe Edward Albee’s masterpiece “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is a searing character study of a dysfunctional couple in academia that can be as black…

Performer liberates Shakespeare’s women

THE LOWE DOWN By Jim Lowe When Katherina is finally “tamed” by Petruchio and dispenses advice to her fellow ladies at the end of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the…

Community Shakespeare can be fun(ny):

THE LOWE DOWN By Jim Lowe WEST RUTLAND — “Much Ado About Nothing” is one of William Shakespeare’s most irresistible comedies, and the Marble Valley Players, West Rutland’s community theater,…

Fashions change, the comedy of love remains:

THE LOWE DOWN By Jim Lowe Northern Stage is presenting the world-premiere production of a witty and charming comedy that could only occur today — yet it’s reminiscent of 1930s…

Theater Review: ‘Hamlet’ redux probes Shakespeare

THE LOWE DOWN By Jim Lowe William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is not only one of his most enduring tragedies, it is one of his most controversial masterpieces. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre…