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The "Art" of friendship


Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Commonweal Theater Company offers an outstanding execution of French playwright Ms. Yasmina Rezaís "Art." But donít let the title fool you. The subject of modern art is a guise for a candid exploration into the meaning of friendship and the values that hold it together.

Imagine three men and a $200,000 painting which sends them spiraling into a tumultuous look at their friendship of fifteen years.

When Serge (played by Harold N. Cropp) proudly presents his newly acquired 4íx5í all-white canvas, his friend Marc (Eric Lorentz Bunge) becomes quite unsettled. Unmoved by the painting, Marc questions Sergeís judgement and sanity. He tactlessly gives his opinion of the piece, using a four-letter word to describe it. Troubled and confused, Marc seeks empathy from their mutual friend Yvan.

Hearing Marcís account of the painting, however, Yvan (Eric Knutson) seems open-mindedly ambivalent. Wanting to appease his friends, Yvan consoles Marc and agrees to see Serge and his new painting. But to Yvanís dismay, what started as a trivial conflict between friends soon escalates into something much deeper.

The controversial painting begins to raise some obscure issues and forces the friends to take a closer look at their relationship. In the words of director Alan Bailey, "They learn a lesson over the course of the play Ė a lesson that many of us need to be reminded of: a friendship can unravel from the tiniest of thread if it has been neglected."

The set, designed by Shari Taylor, is simple and understated. Three large white panels with ornate molding serve as living room walls, accented with a plain white carpet. The scenes unfold at Sergeís, Yvanís and Marcís apartments. The main change in each scene is the painting that each character preferred to hang on their respective walls Ė a subtle reflection of their distinct personalities. A discrete variation in their clothing, all suits, substantiates each characterís nature.

While waiting for Yvan to arrive for an evening out, Serge and Marcís opinions and feelings slowly begin to erupt. And just when they seem to have everything laid out on the table, Yvan bursts into the room with a hilarious account of his own trials of the day. Although Yvanís petty tribulations seemed to have cleared the air, he has actually and unknowingly added fuel to the fire Ė a result that gets him dragged in to the heart of the conflict.

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Book Review: Recently released Minnesota books

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, by the number of fine books of ..... 
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Rushford Library looking at expansion

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Monday, November 20

To build or to remodel? That is the question a Library Taskforce has been considering for the past couple months in the city of Rushford.

The existing public library in the Tew Building, located near Rushfordís cent ..... 
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Gateway Towns

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Austin


Greetings from Austin, Minnesota! Located on I-90, visitors from the west will come through this major city located on the Cedar River.

Austin is the home of the Fortune 500 company -- Geo. A. Hormel & ..... 
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Northeastern Iowa

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Northeast Iowa shares much of the same topography of Historic Bluff Country. Limestone bluffs, meandering rivers, springs, and rolling hills in the east and softly rolling hills with rich prairie soil in the west. Minnesota and Iowa also share the sa ..... 
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Anytown, MN

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River is the unique city of Anytown. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway.

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Not in my backyard

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Monday, June 26, 2000

In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. Whatís ..... 
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Wykoff, MN

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will find Wykoff, "The Gateway to Forestville."

Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground. You can visit one of t ..... 
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Whalan/Highland area

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Whalan, with a population of about 90, is one of the smaller towns on the trail, though one of the most memorable. The town provides excellent access to the [Read the Rest]
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