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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Theater Review: ‘Carrie: The Musical’ sings at Civic

Saturday, October 8, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“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.

Review: ‘Crazy Glue’ sticks to movement theater at Touchstone

Saturday, October 8, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

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.

‘Carrie’ on: Musical about a wayward daughter opens Civic Theatre 2016-17 season

Friday, October 7, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

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.

Getting ‘Crazy’ For 2016-17, Touchstone Theatre returns favorites, expands shows

Friday, October 7, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

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.

Movie Review: ‘Magnificent Seven’

Friday, September 30, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movie theater multiplex dumpsters are filled with lobby displays for remakes that bombed at the box office.

Summer 2016’s most notable remake bomb is “Ben-Hur,” which, with a budget of $100 million, not including its advertising budget (typically half of a film’s budget), has grossed an estimated $26 million in the United States. “Ben-Hur” 2016 couldn’t match the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston.

Movie Review: ‘The Beatles’

Friday, September 23, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years” is a must-see, not only for the British rock band’s key fans, the Baby Boomers, but for music fans who weren’t old enough to be there during the group’s 1960s’ heyday.

Millennialists especially will get a sense from the well-crafted, extensively-researched and captivating and uplifting documentary of what it was like to be 14 in 1964 and a Beatles’ fan.