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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Healthy Geezer: Myasthenia gravis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Could you do one of your columns on this subject so everyone in our family can understand it?

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a muscle disease. The name comes from Greek and Latin words meaning grave muscle weakness. Myasthenia gravis (my-us-theen-ee-uh-grav-us) affects the muscles that control the eyes, face, breathing, chewing, talking, swallowing and limbs.

MG was first described in detail in the late 19th century, when...

Theater Review: Civic rocks 1980s’ music nostalgia

Monday, February 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Rock Of Ages,” Civic Theatre of Allentown’s latest offering, which continues through Feb. 25, is a musical in search of a plot.

Opening on Broadway in 2009, and garnering five Tony nominations, “Rock Of Ages” was written to showcase some of the classic rock music of the 1980s, especially songs from the famous glam pop-metal bands. It’s known as a “jukebox musical” because the script is written around the music.

The task of finding a plot that fit with the music fell on Chris D...

Movie Review: ‘I, Tonya,’ you, and me

Monday, February 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It helps to know your history to appreciate “I, Tonya,” a brutal and apparently uncomfortably honest biopic about disgraced Olympic ice-skating athlete Tonya Harding.

While one can’t completely verify the veracity of the movie, which has been disowned by Harding’s mother, “I, Tonya” appears to present the “facts” in a different setting from recent television interview shows and documentaries with and about Harding (“Good Morning Ameica,” “The View,” ESPN’s “The Price Of Gold”), and...

Theater Review: ‘British’ farce has lots of laughs at Pa. Playhouse

Monday, February 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Farce is a type of theater stage comedy designed to entertain through the use of exaggeration, improbable situations and physical shenanigans. In farce, actors may disguise themselves in ridiculous costumes, hide in obvious places or try to hide other people or things. The absurdity of their attempts is what makes us laugh. We, the audience, are in on the deception, and we know something the characters on stage don’t seem to know.

Pennsylvania Playhouse’s latest production, “No Sex...

Lehigh Valley ‘Getting Grace’: Daniel Roebuck film premiere to benefit area nonprofits

Friday, February 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley is “Getting Grace.”

“Getting Grace,” written, directed and produced by and starring Bethlehem native Daniel Roebuck, will have its Lehigh Valley debut March 3 at three venues in a benefit for several area nonprofits.

Roebuck made the announcement at a Jan. 30 press conference, punctuated by his trademark Roebuckian wit, at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Bethlehem, where he was joined by some of the film’s actors, producers and crew, as well as...

Touchstone ‘Punch’-raiser returns

Friday, February 9, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

A little more than two years ago, Jakopa’s Punch formed to perform at a Lehigh Valley cancer benefit and play three songs in honor of David Bowie, who died Jan. 16, 2016.

Since then, the band has become something of a staple of Touchstone Theatre, appearing on multiple occasions at theater venues and events.

After the success of Touchstone’s “Jakopa’s Punch Processional” last summer, “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” a Mardi Gras-themed musical revel of a fundraiser, returns at 7 p.m. Feb...

Readers Pick

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 90th Academy Awards.

PICTURE

- “Darkest Hour”

- “Dunkirk”

- “Phantom Thread”

- “Get Out”

- “The Post”

- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

- “The Shape of Water”

- “Lady Bird”

- “Call Me by Your Name”

DIRECTOR

- Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

- Guillermo del Toro, “The...

Civic to ‘Rock’ the ‘80s at Crest

Friday, February 9, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

In the case of many musicals, the songs performed are the true focus, even above the narrative and main characters, and “Rock of Ages” is no exception.

“Rock of Ages” is being presented Feb. 9-25 by Civic Theatre of Allentown, in Alumnae Hall, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

“The characters have been fashioned to accommodate the music,” says Civic Theatre Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager Will Morris, who’s directing the musical.

“That’s the way I’ve been...

Orchestra pianist back home

Friday, February 9, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Rock legends The Orchestra light up Easton this month. Former members of the legendary classic rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and ELO 2, now known as The Orchestra, bring their powerhouse symphonic rock to the State Theatre Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Mik Kaminski, the blue violin; Louis Clark, arranger and conductor of the symphony orchestra on ELO recordings; and Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Gordon Townsend, and Glen Burtnik, take to the Easton stage to...