Othello in Chilmark: Actors, Singers, Dancers Tour the Moor
Holly Nadler

Verdi on Middle Road? You wouldn’t think anything almost subversively original in the arts could possibly be percolating up this country road. You think you might come upon a corn patch or a pen of prized goats, but not a synthesis of dance, theatre and opera combining Broadway actors, celebrated choreographers and, well, Verdi.

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Stage and Che’s

Stage and Che’s

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In Stage Battle of Sexes, Mark Twain Wins
Gwyn McAllister

There’s an old Rabbinic saying that in every generation we are Adam and Eve in Eden, able to begin again. Considering the current state of global affairs, we can certainly take heart that, like the original couple, we too can survive the Fall with grace and optimism. No less an inspiration than the American master of humor himself, Mark Twain, has provided us with a life lesson worth heeding.

The two-character play drawn from Mark Twain’s Diaries of Adam and Eve is now on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse.

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Transformational Show

Transformational Show

In their last camp show of the summer, staff and campers of IMP All Things Theatre Camp have spent two weeks creating an entirely new and original show based of the theme of Transformation. This show will feature Shakespeare, story theatre, fables, music and dance as well as a unique improvised plot. Fun for all ages, the show is enjoyable even if you have never heard of IMP Camp before.

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Dancers from Island and Beyond Ready for Built on Stilts Tonight

The Built on Stilts Community Dance Festival celebrates its 12th year with seven nights of free performances August 15 to 19, 23 and 24 at the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

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Opera Hits High Notes With Good Gags
Holly Nadler

Susanna, a Neopolitan countess of the early 1800s, has a segreto, a secret: she smokes. Her husband, Count Gil, an obsessively jealous man — but a perfectly nice fellow in every other way — sniffs tobacco in the palace and draws a logical but preposterous conclusion: Susanna is having an affair with a man who smokes. The pair is at loggerheads, and more than willing to sing about it, courtesy of the great Enrico Wolf-Ferrari. Thus unravels the 15-minute intermezzo comic opera, Il Segretto di Susanna, to the merriment of all.

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Susan Klein, Bobby Norfolk Trade Stories at Arts Center

Storyteller Susan Klein comes to Featherstone Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. to share tales from her travels, her past and her take on the world around her.

Renowned for her memoir workshops. Ms. Klein’s storytelling material is at once historical and hysterical, engaging and amusing. Her tales encompass experiences from mundane adventures growing up in downtown Oak Bluffs to wider visions from Alaska to New Jersey.

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Marty Nadler to Talk Turkeys in Show
Alexander Trowbridge

It was early morning at Edgartown’s Espresso Love last month and some regulars sat joking about the turkey and piping plover stories that had just unfolded in the Island papers.

Chilmark police shot a wild turkey six times only to be assaulted by a man claiming to be its owner. On the other side of the Island, authorities had been called in to investigate the death of an endangered piping plover. Both were font-page stories,

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Act Spontaneously

Act Spontaneously

IMP All Things Theatre Camp proudly presents Spontaneity at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 8, at the Edgartown School Café. Come see the future stars of Vineyard and beyond as actors 11 years and older create short-form games and skits based on audience suggestions. This improv show is for all ages and is enjoyable even if you have never heard of IMP Camp before. Tickets available at the door ($8 adults, $6 kids, $25 family). For more information, call 508-939-9368.

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Theatre Award Nomination for Island’s Emily Hartford

Edgartown native Emily Hartford is nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for outstanding ensemble for her work in The Night of Nosferatu, which was produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble (online rabbitholeensemble.com).

The nominees were announced at a sold-out event on July 21 that was attended by over 500 artists and guests. The Awards will be presented on Sept. 22 at a ceremony held at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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