Director Nate Parker, in his theatrical feature film directorial debut, couldn’t have chosen a more audacious title, “The Birth of a Nation,” intentionally referencing producer-director D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of A Nation,” which purported to tell the story of the United States’ Civil War and the Reconstruction era that followed. The 1915 silent epic film is credited with the birth of a revived Ku Klux Klan.
While immediate comparisons to “The Partridge Family” might come to mind when describing the Annie Moses Band, the family connection is where the similarity begins and ends. The Annie Moses Band is the real deal, not some fictional fabrication.
The Annie Moses Band presents “The Art of the Love Song,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
There are five siblings in the band, including Annie Wolaver, lead singer and violinist, and more family members behind the scenes.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is peculiarly cold and distant.
Blame, or credit, director Tim Burton and the screenplay by Jane Goldman (“X-Men: First Class,” 2011) based on the novel by Ransom Riggs.
With a cast of unusual-looking children (from Great Britain), all watched over with loving menace by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green, magnificent, chewing every scenery in sight), Burton moves the actors from set to set like so many pieces on a chess board. Burton is grandmaster, albeit with too much flash.
Classical or Jazz? Branford Marsalis bridges both worlds of music in Allentown Symphony Orchestra ‘Opening Gala’
The 2016-17 season-opening Allentown Symphony Orchestra classical music concerts will be long-remembered for a Lehigh Valley world premiere by a well-known musician, band leader and composer.
Branford Marsalis and the Allentown Symphony perform Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra” in an updated transcription of the work.
Marsalis headlines the “Opening Gala” for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra ”Classical Series,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 3 p.m. Oct. 16, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
“Carrie: The Musical” is one of the most technically-ambitious productions Civic Theatre of Allentown has mounted.
Set Designer Ann Beyersdorfer has created a huge interior of a high school gymnasium that doubles as a classroom; becomes the home of high school student Carrie (an amazing August Fegley) and her mom, Margaret (the always amazing Tracy Ceschin), and a psychiatrist’s office where fellow student, Sue (excellent Emilie Leyes), recalls to a Doctor (Deena Linn) the circumstances of the big night, which serves to frame the story.
The ineffable substance that holds a marriage and relationship together is explored in “Crazy Glue,” which opened the 2016-17 season at Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.
The London-based, two-person Single Shoe Theatre Productions’ “Crazy Glue” was presented Oct. 6 (the performance seen for this review) and Oct. 7 at Touchstone Theatre, where the one-act, 65-mins. show (with no intermission) continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9.
Civic Theatre of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders has done it again.
He’s directing a seasonally-appropriate musical to open Civic’s season.
This time it’s “Carrie: The Musical,” Oct. 7-23. In the previous two seasons, Civic opened with “The Addams Family” and “Young Frankenstein.”
Civic’s 2016-17 season continues with its annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2-17 on the main stage and, in a first for Civic, a second show running simultaneously, “The SantaLand Diaries,” Dec. 9-18 in Theatre 5014.
For its 2016-17 season, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, has an expanded number of productions and a new house band.
The season opens with “Crazy Glue,” Oct. 6-9, created and performed by Single Shoe Theatre Productions.
“‘Upcoming Projects’ are three new offerings. So, if you look at our overall season, there are more [productions] with the ‘Upcoming Projects,’” says Touchstone Theatre Ensemble Member-Managing Director Lisa Jordan.
“The new thing is that there’s now a house band at Touchstone. That’s Jakopa’s Punch,” Lisa Jordan continues.
“Deepwater Horizon” is one of 2016’s best films.
It’s a nail-biter: a tension-filled action film based on true events about the 2010 explosion and fire on Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig in which 11 died (of 126 crew), resulting in an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico said to be the largest oil spill in United States’ history.
The thing you notice about Elton John are his hands.
Sir Elton has big, wide, almost squat, hands. His fingers are huge. They seem to be the size of potatoes, especially on the big-screen video during his sold-out concert Sept. 27 at PPL Center, Allentown.