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Janice Perry, Lost Nation Theater, Rachel Perlmeter, Patricia Julien


Published January 16, 2008 at 12:45 p.m.

If you're a Janice Perry fan who missed her Flynn-Space show in December, you've got a second chance. In fact, four more chances. "Gal" is reprising her 25-year retrospective in Montpelier courtesy of Lost Nation Theater next month. The Vergennes comedienne with the zany homemade costumes and operatic pipes will revisit American history watersheds from Reaganomics to Robert Mapplethorpe to, well, whatever Perry decides to hilariously reinterpret. The internationally renowned performer takes her Vermont capital steps at City Hall Arts Center February 7-10.

Perry's is not the only show LNT is resurrecting. Ostentatious Poverty: An economical quartet is a "madcap, absurdist play of ideas" written by Burlington playwright Rachel Perlmeter and featuring an original jazz score by UVM's Patricia Julien, performed live with her ensemble. While OP was presented as a work-in-progress several times in Burlington last year, next week's run will premiere the full theatrical staging and, says LNT, "the work extends its exploration of chaotic patterns to the lighting, scenic and costume designs." Sounds intriguing. Ostentatious Poverty runs January 24-27.

The two productions comprise 50 percent of Lost Nation's Winterfest '08. The "four shows in four weekends" mini-fest also presents Barrymore and The Vagina Monologues, starting January 31 and February 14, respectively. All shows have the same schedule: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20/$15. To order, call 229-0492 or visit