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The "Art" of friendship


Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Monday, April 23, 2001

Commonweal Theater Company offers an outstanding execution of French playwright Ms. Yasmina Reza’s "Art." But don’t 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 4’x5’ all-white canvas, his friend Marc (Eric Lorentz Bunge) becomes quite unsettled. Unmoved by the painting, Marc questions Serge’s 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 Marc’s 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 Yvan’s 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 – 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 Serge’s, Yvan’s and Marc’s apartments. The main change in each scene is the painting that each character preferred to hang on their respective walls – a subtle reflection of their distinct personalities. A discrete variation in their clothing, all suits, substantiates each character’s nature.

While waiting for Yvan to arrive for an evening out, Serge and Marc’s 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 Yvan’s petty tribulations seemed to have cleared the air, he has actually and unknowingly added fuel to the fire – a result that gets him dragged in to the heart of the conflict.

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Penny exposes development myths

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, April 23, 2001


Former First District Congressman, Tim Penny, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) last week in Hayfield.

Mr. Penny, who n ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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City attorney to look at art center sites; council meets with cable companyBy John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

If Lanesboro City Council member Kevin Drake has anything to say about it, the Regional Art Commission will need to do some expl ..... 
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Board implements waste changes

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, April 23, 2001

The proverbial "winds of change" began to blow last week as the County Board moved to implement its new plan for the Resource Recovery Center in Preston.

Solid Waste Administrator Jon Martin presen ..... 
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Working for small towns

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Southeast Minnesota Development CorporationBy Bonnie Prinsen
Monday, April 21, 2001

America continues to hold onto a Norman Rockwell image of small towns. Picture Mayberry: a quiet but attractive main street, friendly an ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Apr 20th, 2001
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