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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ lives up to its title

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Topsy Turvy” is an apt name for the Crowded Kitchen Players’ latest play written and directed by Ara Barlieb.

In two acts, the cast of 14 cavorts, cross-dresses and intentionally overacts their way through the wackiness. The June 7 opening night performance was seen for this review of the rapid-fire comedy’s world premiere, continuing June 14-16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Bethlehem.

Barlieb loosely based his latest play on Aristophanes’ ancient tale of “Lysistrata,” where the...

Theater Review: ‘Joseph’ amazing at The Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

There are lots of superlatives in this theater review of The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it is a standout in every category, from its multicolored set, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, to its uniformly talented cast of 30. The musical continues June 14-16 at the Playhouse.

Based on the Biblical tale of “the coat of many colors,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was the first musical performed...

Theater Review: ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at The Pines

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well at The Pines Dinner Theatre in its latest production, “Rock Around the Clock,” continuing Wednesday through Sunday through July 7.

With reminders of sock hops, jukeboxes and malt shops, the revue has more than 50 hits from the 1950s and ‘60s, including “Rock Around the Clock,” popularized by Bill Haley & The Comets.

The loosely-constructed plot centers around six high school teenagers gearing up for summer vacation, with cruising in their...

Curtain Rises: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre ‘Brings It On’ for 39th annual season

Friday, June 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2019 season is the 39th step for Charles Richter on his way to the 40th anniversay of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), which he cofounded.

“They’re already planning the 40th celebration,” says Richter, Professor of Theatre Arts, Muhlenberg College, where he has been teaching for 41 years, with 25 years as chair of the college’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

When asked about retirement, Richter, who will be 68 on June 16, quips, “I’m not thinking that far ahead.”...

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Friday, June 7, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Sweet 16 film fest: The 16th annual SouthSide Film Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. June 11 with the “Opening Night Party and Screening” sponsored by PBS39. The party is at WLVT PBS 39 Studios, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The feature film, “The Weight of Water,” is at 8 p.m. June 11, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The “Late Night Movie” is the feature, “DeadTechtives,” 11 p.m. June 14, Touchstone Theatre. 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. The “Closing Night...

Touchstone goes ‘UnBound’ for arts fest

Friday, June 7, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.

According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”

The festival includes discussions, community meals, social-...

Movie Review: ‘Ay, there’s the rub’

Friday, June 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney’s live-action remake of its animation feature film, “Aladdin,” is good, but not as great as the original. How could it be? As legendary animator Chuck Jones said of the raison d’être for animation: “You couldn’t put Charlie Chaplin in a milk bottle.” When it comes to the Genie in the lamp, to quote Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Ay, there’s the rub.”

You couidn’t put Robin Williams in the Genie’s lantern, but when Aladdin rubbed the lamp, Robin Williams manic spirit of comedy in...

LCCC transfer agreement with Lebanon Valley

Friday, June 7, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, Lebanon County, signed an agreement in a May 22 ceremony, giving LCCC students a transfer to receive a bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley.

LCCC graduates can pursue a bachelor’s degree in certain LVC programs, moving from receiving an associate degree at LCCC into junior standing at LVC.

LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber and Lebanon Valley president Dr. Lewis E. Thayne met at LCCC to sign the...