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'Lawless' drinks in true story

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Lawless" is a brutal drama based on a true story said to have taken place during the Great Depression in 1931 in Franklin County, Va.

With the advent of Prohibition in 1920, following passage of the Volstead Act as the 18th Ammendment in 1919, the making and drinking of alcoholic beverages was banned in the United States.

Illegal beer and hard-liquor making began all over the United States, pitting local, state and federal lawmen against not only what became known as the Mafia...

Schubert a classic in directing

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

An interview with Father Gerard J. Schubert O.S.F.S., founder of the DeSales University theater department and The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, is a master class in theater.

Schubert gets right to point regarding the appeal of "Arsenic and Old Lace," Sept. 26 - Oct. 7, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

"The incongruity of it, of two delightfully Victorian old ladies, charming, peaceful, hospitality all those nice things. But at the...

Piano prodigy opens season with Allentown Symphony

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Focus

So many of us remember those days sitting at a piano, where our legs would swing freely in front of the bench because they were just too short to reach the floor.

Little, pudgy fingers would cautiously press on the piano keys, halting for seconds, and sometimes even minutes between chords. Looks of extreme concentration would adorn our faces as we struggled with figuring out the notes on the printed page of the music in front of us.

For most, learning how to play the piano is a...

THEATER REVIEW CKP's 'Design' for a good whodunnit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Whodunnit?

Crowded Kitchen Players' production of "Design for Murder," through Oct. 7, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown, keeps you guessing.

Playwright George Batson's murder mystery is as much a tale of intrigue and suspense as it is socio-economic commentary.

The drama takes place in the sitting room of the Hudson River, N.Y., Granger estate. Matriarch Celia Granger (Sharon Ferry) is strong woman clinging desperately to the past. She is just about destitute...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, 28, 29; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2; DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755...

Catch Leftover Salmon in Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

Truly a treat for the ears no matter what your taste for music is, Leftover Salmon has something delectable for everyone's musical palate.

Members of what is described as "the high-country slam-grass jam band" are pretty excited to have the second night of their fall tour at Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, for a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 concert.

After the band's eight-year hiatus, Vince Herman, originally from Pittsburgh, says," It feels so much like we picked...

You be 'Frank,' I'll be 'Robot'

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.

The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008...

Lehigh Valley Stage

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26 - 29, Oct. 3 - 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2, DeSales University, Main Stage,...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Sing me "Kate": Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe, above, who recently starred as Fricka in Wagner's "Ring Cycle," is in concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Blythe will perform her acclaimed program, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," accompanied by Craig Terry, piano. Blythe, described as having a commanding, sumptuous mezzo-soprano, premiered that role in "One Sweet Morning" with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall to commemorate...

Theater Review Musical just 'Marvelous' at The Pines

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Step back to an era when big hair, cat's-eye glasses and go-go boots were cutting-edge fashion accessories and enjoy an energetic quartet harmonize non-stop hit songs from the 1950s and '60s.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" by Roger Bean, with music arrangements by Brian William Baker and directed by Oliver Blatt, continues through Oct. 28 The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The singing group, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," first appear in the Springfield High School's prom queen...