A not-that-somber chorus called the Consumer Celebration Society fervently intones "Goldman Sachs has duped us all—so let's go shopping at the mall," from their fuga vulgaris, "Please Raise the Stocks That Fall So Low." A Guernsey cow philosophizes on the benefits of ignorance before genetically modified plant life menaces the audience, while "Thriller" plays in the background. In the midst of it, the death of small-scale agriculture is mourned, as a variation on the Journey hit, "Don't Stop Believin'."
Just when it's needed, this legendary troupe from Glover, Vt.—which turns 50 next year—returns to the region for a one-night stand. This time out, founder Peter Schumann and his band of puppeteers, circus artists and comedians have surveyed the economic mayhem of the past two years. Their verdict? Heads must roll. And they do, in a series of brilliant, satirical, "death-defying" sketches, songs and stunts depicting corporate greed, environmental opportunism and political cluelessness—and, somehow, getting us to laugh at it—before raising thoughtful alternatives. —Byron Woods
Correction (Feb. 25, 2011): In the print feature 8 Days A Week, this event was listed on the wrong day.